The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) is in progress in full flow. The competition is intense and so are the efforts by the IPL players. In this 60 days of intense competition somehow interests of the Indian cricket team is getting compromised. India is scheduled to tour Australia right after IPL 2020 for 3T20, 3ODI’S and 4 Test Match series against the champion Australian team. But some of the Indian players playing in IPL 2020 are not only getting jaded but also injured before such an important series.
Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer – the injury list is growing by the day and also growing are the concerns of the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI). Concerned BCCI has now shot off mail to the IPL franchises, directing them to report all injuries to the Indian players. According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, the IPL franchises have been told via an email that they should report the status of players fitness, injuries immediately to the physio of Team India Nitin Patel.
According to the report, the mail was sent by Hemang Amin, the Interim CEO of the BCCI. The reason board has shot of the directive to the franchises is because BCCI were completely clueless about the injury to Ishant Sharma and came to know about the same via media reports.
India Tour of Australia : The injury list growing for the Indian cricket team
Ishant is not the only one who has injured himself during IPL 2020. The injury list is growing by the day and by now more than 4-5 team India probables for the tour of Australia are currently injured.
– Ishant Sharma injured and out for minimum 6 weeks (Doubtful for Australia tour)
– Rishabh Pant Grade 1 tier injury out for minimum 10 days
– Shreyas Iyer – Injured his shoulder, extend of injury not known
– Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Injured and certain to miss Australia tour
India Tour of Australia : Schedule likely today
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia is likely to release the schedule for the Indian cricket tour by the end of the day today. The uncertainty around the tour is growing because of multiple issues at the end of the host board. First CA is in dispute with its broadcast partner and also some of the local state governments are yet to clear the tour. But CA’s Chairman Earl Eddings on Thursday has put doubts over India’s tour to rest, saying he has got assurance from his Indian counterpart, Sourav Ganguly, that Virat Kohli’s men would travel Down Under for a full-fledged series.
“I’m 100 per cent confident they are coming. Sourav Ganguly and I talk about it most days and we are already planning when we can catch up once he and the team get over here,” a report in The Australian quoted Eddings as saying.
As per the report, the tour will commence with a white-ball component before the four-Test series, which at this stage, begins in Adelaide on December 17-21. The other venues include Melbourne (December 26-30), Sydney (January 7-11) and Brisbane (January 15-19).
The report further said that the Indian team would land in Brisbane, instead of Perth or Adelaide, and will not face much strictness in terms of quarantine time despite the state of Queensland currently seeing severe restrictions.