The NCA has decided that IPL injuries are putting too much financial strain on the organisation.
The National Cricket Academy (NCA) in India has announced that either IPL franchises or the players themselves will have to pay for their rehabilitation if they get injured playing in the Twenty20 tournament.
A meeting in Chennai came to the decision in a bid to try and lower costs being spent on injuries by the organisation.
“It has been decided that from now on, the respective franchise or the player himself will have to bear the cost of his rehabilitation program at the NCA in case the player sustains injury during the Indian T20 league,” a BCCI spokesman was quoted on cricbuzz.com.
The new rules have been brought in after the BCCI announced huge expenditure on injury programmes.
The board has also trimmed down its number of support staff by half, reducing the 12-person team to six.
It is believed that bowling coach Bharath Arun, batting coach Dinesh Nanavati and coaches’ instructor Kinjal Suratwala will all keep their positions, along with two physios and a trainer.
The other six members of staff will no longer be on central contracts with the BCCI and will only be summoned when required – therefore employed on a freelance basis.
The financial cuts don’t stop there for the Indian cricket board, as the under-16 academy has had its budget reduced and the proposal to bring in five foreign coaches has been scrapped.
For Indian players in the IPL, it may make them think twice about joining a franchise unless that team can guarantee to fork out any costs if they sustain an injury,