During the Covid era, much has been stated about the players’ workload and bubble fatigue. At the same time, the IPL teams have rested India’s World Cup-bound players in the first few matches of the second leg. Against CSK, Mumbai Indians rested Rohit Sharma, while top all-rounder Hardik Pandya is yet to play in the second leg. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is now on its second leg in the United Arab Emirates. The final will take place on October 15, while the Super 12 round of the T20 World Cup will begin on October 23 in the same country. The next day, Team India will face arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening encounter.

There is also speculation that the BCCI has instructed the franchises to look after the Indian players participating in the World Cup so that they do not become injured. However, a BCCI official has clarified that no such direction has been issued to the teams and that the decision to rest players is up to the franchises. The official went on to say that the teams know how to look after their greatest players.

“In terms of workload management, we haven’t shared any information to any team. It is up to the organisation and the player to decide whether or not a player should be rested. In addition, the franchises know how to look after their players”, according to cricket.com.

Rather, given the heat and humidity in the UAE, the IPL teams are only considering one alternative. The source also stated that the franchises had previously worked closely with the BCCI on player fitness and will continue to do so in the future.

“It is extremely hot, and even the fittest member of the team can be affected by the humidity. So, in order to manage workloads, we’re trying to rotate some of the players. The players are always first and foremost, and everyone is on the same page in this regard.”

“But no, there is no diktat from the BCCI on this, and honestly, they also know it isn’t necessary because franchises have always worked closely with the board to ensure players are in peak shape while playing the league,” a franchise official said.