IPL 2019: Selectors to keep close tabs on key India players

The main concern for them would be to manage the workload of the players they have in mind for the 2019 World Cup in England.

Virat Kohli has maintained that there won't be any cap on the number of matches a player can figure in at the IPL.   -  afp

The five-member National selection committee has a task at hand. It has to keep an eye on some key players during the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). Other than narrowing down on 15 for the World Cup, the selectors have to monitor the players who are certainties.

According to a Board official, the selectors have to be alert. “The idea is to allow them more opportunities to keep a close watch on players. The domestic season is over and the selectors did their best to watch maximum matches at the ground,” the official said.

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The main concern for them would be to manage the workload of the players they have in mind for the World Cup. “It's a tricky proposition. How do you tell a player how much effort he needs to put? After all the team owners would expect 100 per cent from each player they have spent money on. Selectors can't have a say in this matter,” the official observed.

Virat Kohli has maintained that there won't be any cap on the number of matches a player can figure in at the IPL. He emphasised that each player's approach varies and he expected the individual to monitor his workload on his own.

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The discerning Board official was not convinced that the player would be able to hold himself back once he is on the field. Most coaches would be relentless in their demands and it is here the official feared the players would feel the pressure to perform.

“If you are a true professional would you look to save your energy for the next contest and not give your best. There is something called self-pride and this is one characteristic no player would compromise,” the official noted.