India announced the squad for the rest of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and also the One-Day International (ODI) against Australia, that did not inckude their premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. According to a report on Cricbuzz, it is understood that the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bengaluru has not quite given the green signal for Bumrah to be picked for national duties.
Bumrah is one of the hottest properties in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where his earns INR 12 crore per season will feature for the Mumbai Indians (MI) this season with an Indian team management keeping an eye. They believe playing T20 games would be the right way to start Bumrah off before he is thrown in the deep end and rigours of international cricket.
In the past, foreign boards have issured conditional NOCs to their players, stating that he cannot bowl certain amount of deliveries at the nets or he cannot play certain amount of games continuously to keep the player's fitness in check. A similar route could be followed for Bumrah and perhaps others bowlers who are in the national fray, with the BCCI overseeing their progress. Bumrah last played for India five months ago in a T20 International (T20I) against Australia.
Many believe he was rushed back into action following his back injury and was subsequently ruled out of the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup.
In other news, the BCCI is still pondering whether to appoint a new chairman of selectors and announce an interim one, following Chetan Sharma's resignation. While the BCCI feels that Chetan had no option but to resign given that he had accuesed the Indian players of using injuections and also faking fitness. Following the sting operation, Chetan resigned from his post on February 17.