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The injury of Deepak Chahar has put the injury-management system of Indian cricket back into focus. Whether it's Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur or Hardik Pandya, Team India has been troubled over the past two years by recurrent breakdowns of main pacers.
The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has tried to fix the recurrence of this type of injury. Chief selector MSK Prasad cited as a reason for these breakdowns the amount of cricket a modern-day India cricketer plays.
On Monday, Paras said, "You have to understand that these players play a lot of matches. Even Chahar had been constantly giving his all for Rajasthan in tournaments like Syed Mushtaq Ali between two international series. His injury got aggravated during the last ODI series against West Indies,"
The overwhelming number of domestic tournaments, India ' A ' and India put a lot of pressure on the players who will arrive. Prasad said he approached the BCCI with the intention of retaining domestic bowlers. "We gave a presentation to the captains and coaches at a conclave last year. We had recommended that there should be a system where the identified bowlers are given adequate rest during the domestic season. Each team plays at least eight Ranji games in two months besides other tournaments," Prasad said while adding: "We have to also understand that state teams also want to win, get promoted or grow. It is eventually the state team's call. But we are seeing positive changes this year."
To order to monitor the central players ' workload, BCCI had purchased Athlete Management Systems (AMS) fitness tools. BCCI has 25 teams and some 30 computers licensed. For instance, Chahar is one of the few upcoming pacers not continuously monitored in this pool.
But there is a complete pond of about 50 cricketers in the National Cricket Academy whose workload is tracked differently.
Unless BCCI wants to continue with a steady pace attack, a uniform system needs to be developed to track pacers in all States.