Proper cricketing schedule to protect the players from injuries

The administrators should ensure that bright talents like Pat Cummins do not get injured due to hectic schedule © Getty Images

Cricket is a fantastic game involving touring places which the common man dreams of, living a lifestyle of bold and riches and the constant admiration of the crowd. Side by side it is also a selfish profession, where all you want to do is play cricket, staying away from family, friends and people who need you.


The cricketers have to continuously go on playing and being part of non-stop schedule, to not only provide match-winning performances but also to make sure they keep their place in the team intact. As a result of this non-stop schedule with no break to free the body, the cricketers tend to fall prey to injuries and sickness.


For example, the Indian team deserved a break just after the completion of ICC 2011 World Cup but the players participated in IPL. From there they went to West Indies and followed by England tour. Back in India the players participated in Champions League, after which they fought against England and then West Indies and no sooner did the West Indies series ended, the cricketers flew Down Under from where they returned as a depleted team. They were reduced to ashes and question arouse about their cricketing abilities outside the sub-continent.


However, little did the board or the cricketers ponder over the fact that they could have strained themselves with such a tight schedule. Just like rotation policy is a good option to keep the players fit and a policy fast accepted, everyone in the cricketing circuit should start thinking about how a tiring and fatigue team is of no use and pushing the cricketers to the extreme is going to result in the team’s loss.


Just few days back, stand-in Australian captain Shane Watson said that some of his cricketers are tired of the eight months packed programme they had to go through.


Even James Pattinson was ruled out of the Test series against India at the end of the second Test with foot injury. He played non-stop since his debut against New Zealand in December. Another example has been Pat Cummins, whom Cricket Australia asked not to participate in the upcoming Indian Premier League and stay injury-free as a part of their long-term plan.


The solution to such tight cricketing schedule is either to stop the players from playing each and every match or plan a schedule which doesn’t tire the players and injures them.