The National Cricket Academy (NCA) will monitor the workload and fitness of the 20 Indian players who have been selected for the 10-team extended IPL this year. Additionally, "substantial domestic performance" will be required, so young players can no longer rely solely on their IPL performances to make the national team.
These were some of the important decisions made at the high-level BCCI review meeting, which was held on Sunday in Mumbai in response to India's recent underwhelming performance in Bangladesh and its semi-final loss in the World T20 last year.
A schedule for the domestic 50-over World Cup in October and November has also been developed by Indian cricket decision-makers.
Board president Roger Binny, secretary Jay Shah, head coach Rahul Dravid, captain Rohit Sharma, NCA chief V. V. S. Laxman, and selection committee chairman Chetan Sharma were all present at the review meeting. While traveling, Binny and Rohit joined the meeting virtually.
According to Shah, the NCA in Bengaluru will have the final say regarding a player's fitness when it comes to selection for the Indian team. The choice is significant because recently, players who were under contract were discovered to be unfit after joining the India squad.
The Indian board has come under fire for the past two years as important IPL and India players, including all-rounder Hardik Pandya and pace king Jasprit Bumrah, have either been partially fit or have been ruled out of ICC events due to injury.
The BCCI added that the meeting covered in-depth topics related to player availability, workload management, and fitness standards.
Domestic performances should be given priority, the Board has decided to inform the selection committee. In the past, players who excelled for just one IPL season were quickly promoted to the India team. The domestic season's grind will now be given more weight-age, according to BCCI.
The BCCI made the Yo-Yo and Dexa fitness tests required for selection in another significant decision. The Yo-Yo test has additionally been used in the past to gauge players' stamina. Dexa, a new test, will measure bone mass, muscle mass, and fat tissues in addition to measuring body fat.