The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will monitor players’ fitness this time in IPL, with the help of GPS devices. All players must wear it during practice and matches. This device will give 500 pieces of information about a player’s fitness. This information includes the player’s energy level, distance covered, speed, risk of breakdown, heartbeat, blood pressure etc. This device can also tell the limit beyond which the workload can cause injury to the player.
BCCI has been trying to work on the workload device since 2018. The BCCI started considering the use of such a device from the year 2018. For the first time, it is being used in IPL.
This device was used as an experiment in WPL. Very good results have come from this. This also benefited the franchises, and they used their important players according to their needs. After this, it was given the green signal to be used in IPL.
The England and Australian cricket teams are also using the workload monitoring device. In India, it is also used by the country’s national hockey team players.
To monitor the fitness of Indian players in the IPL, the decision of workload management was taken three months ago at the BCCI AGM.
Immediately after the end of the IPL, the Indian team has to play the final of the World Test Championship against Australia in England. Also, the ODI World Cup will be held in India in October-November. In such a situation, it was decided that workload management would be worked out with the franchisees to avoid injury to seniors and important players.
The biggest reason for using the Workload GPS device in IPL is to protect its important players, especially the pacers, before the World Test Championship. Indian team is currently struggling with injuries to its key players.
Jasprit Bumrah could not play in T20 World Cup and Asia Cup last year due to injury. At the same time, Shreyas Iyer is also out of IPL due to a back injury. It is difficult for Bumrah to play in the final of the World Test Championship. At the same time, Iyer is also less likely to be fit before the World Test Championship. In such a situation, the Indian cricket management does not want to take any risk.