Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, had clearly laid out the importance of resting key players especially fast bowlers in different phases of the Indian Premier League. However, the governing council of Indian cricket, has not paid any heed to his demands. According to Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) CEO Venky Mysore, they haven’t received any instructions till date. MSK Prasad had said that the selectors will keep an eye on the workload of players throughout the IPL but as per KKR’s CEO, they are yet to hear anything from concerned authorities.
“We have not heard any such thing from them,” Mysore was quoted as saying by Times of India, on the sidelines of a school cricket tournament final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. “The tournament is finishing early enough this time. While the final is on May 12, India will play their first game on June 5 only. I think there is enough time. I have been around cricketers and coaches and I have seen they always feel it’s better to play competitive cricket than have net sessions.”
With general elections due at the time of IPL, KKR will have to play most of their matches away from Eden Gardens.
“There is a strong possibility of that,” Mysore said on the home games’ situation. “It is the election year. But there is overwhelming support for holding all the matches in India. When BCCI sought the opinion of franchises before taking a call on the issue, I made it clear that KKR would rather play at a neutral venue in India than abroad.”