Virat Kohli has stated that players will have to manage their workload smartly during the upcoming Indian Premier League season to stay fit and fresh for the World Cup.

The 12th edition of the league will begin on March 23 and will end just before the World Cup, which will start on May 30. Many cricket boards have already warned players to be smart while playing in the IPL to avoid any injury ahead of the show-piece event.

Kohli said it’s not that he is asking the players not to be committed to their respective IPL franchises.

“All the workload will be monitored and given a window, the guys can afford to rest. The World Cup comes every four years and we play IPL every year,” said Kohli.

“Not to say we won’t be committed to the IPL but we’ve got to be smart. We have to work in balance and take smart decisions. “The responsibility and the onus is on the player. No one will be forced to do something. Eventually, no one wants to miss the World Cup and cost the team good balance,” added Kohli.

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