The NCA’s physios and trainers, as well as head coach Rahul Dravid, will be in contact with the country’s best players this season to ensure that they follow the plan, which will concentrate on strength and fitness. With two World Cups slated in as many years, contracted Indian players will be required to follow a fitness regimen established by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) throughout the IPL, which begins March 26. Players used to follow the routine of their individual organizations after they joined their IPL clubs.

After the BCCI and selectors were kept in the dark regarding the physical level of prominent players during the IPL, the NCA-monitored fitness plan was implemented. The BCCI has notified the IPL teams of the NCA’s direct involvement in player fitness management.

The NCA, led by VVS Laxman, will take more active role in the scientific fitness monitoring of cricketers who are part of the core group scheduled to participate in the T20 World Cup later this year and the 50-over World Cup in 2023 as the BCCI moves to a centralized system. The goal, according to BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, was to get clarity on players’ physical condition and to guarantee that the greatest number of players are healthy and available for selection for international games. A two-week strength and conditioning camp is being held at the NCA in the lead-up to the IPL to check the fitness of players who are not part of the Test team against Sri Lanka.