IPL 2020: Franchises Against the Idea of BCCI Sending NCA Physio in UAE

The BCCI has proposed a plan to send NCA physiotherapist Ashish Kaushik, to the UAE, to track the Indian cricketers during the tournament. But IPL franchises are not really keen on the proposal, according to a report in the Times of India.

IPL 2020: Franchises Against the Idea of BCCI Sending NCA Physio in UAE

The BCCI has proposed a plan to send NCA physiotherapist Ashish Kaushik, to the UAE, to track the Indian cricketers during the tournament. But IPL franchises are not really keen on the proposal, according to a report in the Times of India.

The franchises are of the opinion that no outsider should be allowed to interact with the players physically during the tournament.

This also raises the issue of franchises being skeptical of NCA's handling of players.

“Franchises hire the best physios and trainers from around the world. The NCA guys can interact with players and franchises through video conferencing. There is also a trust deficit between the players and NCA,” say those tracking developments. “Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s hernia went undetected. Kedar Jadhav’s return was rushed. Wriddhiman Saha’s rehabilitation was ‘messed up’. Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah had their share of unpleasant experiences at the NCA. Who wants to take chances? The NCA has time and again proved incapable.”

“Coordination will be an issue and we don’t want too many cooks spoiling the broth. Let’s have a proper system in place and follow it to the T,” say franchises.

“Franchises take care of their players throughout the year. The best facilities are being made available in UAE. Franchises have some of the best support staff. Take Delhi Capitals, for example. They brought Patrick Farhart on board as soon as he quit Team India. Kolkata Knight Riders’ Kamlesh Jain, who did his masters in sports therapy from London Met, has been the head physio at Cricket Association of Bengal.

"Chennai’s Tommy Simsek is someone who has MS Dhoni’s trust. Former Team India physio John Gloster is with Rajasthan Royals,” say those in the know.