National interest is paramount: Ravi Shastri calls for BCCI president to sit with IPL franchises

Written by Shreyas Vyas

Former India captain and head coach, Ravi Shastri, has come up with a radical suggestion and called for the BCCI president to sit with IPL franchises over the workload management of players. As per Shastri, it is very important to maintain balance given the volume of cricket in these times.

“With the volume of cricket that exists today, it’s extremely important that you get the balance right of how much a player plays. When should he be rested? And there, a (BCCI) president can play a big role. Tomorrow, if a cricketer, for the sake of playing for India, needs to be rested in the IPL for a certain number of games, so be it. Where, a (BCCI) president has to sit with the franchise and explain that he’s extremely important for India first, and then the franchise,” Shastri told Ayaz Memon at a ‘Meet-the-media programme’.

“Discussions can take place with the team management, as to which are the players who need rest, who, if they carry on in this fashion, will be spent forces. And then take that forward to the franchise. In no way getting in the way of the franchise, but in a nice way telling them that he’s an important player for India. National interest is paramount.”

The Indian team is one of the busiest sides in world cricket right now and hardly has a proper break between two series. There is a separate window for the Indian Premier League, which leaves no room for players to take a long break.

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