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IPL puts players' fitness at stake
The Indian Premier League has surely been a treat for followers of cricket. The BCCI and the whole cricket fraternity are proud of the series that is about to come to an end. But the IPL has had adverse effects on the fitness of some key players.
INDIAN PREMIER League (IPL) Twenty20 championship has now reached the semifinal stage and the winner of the tournament will be decided this Sunday (June 1). Yesterday (May 30), Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Daredevils in first semifinal, while second semifinal will be played between Chennai Super Kings and King XI Punjab. Since its commencement, IPL has offered lots of exciting moments to cricket lovers in India and world alike.

Along with cricket fans, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is very happy with its new invention and looking forward to organise the entertaining event in the coming year as well. In fact, from IPL matches, the spectators got bundle of enjoyment in just three hours and also got the rare chance to see world’s top cricketers as well as budding cricketers together.

However, despite its fun and enjoyment the IPL has badly affected the fitness of some of key players of India and other nations as well. India’s master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and strike bowler Zaheer Khan have been declared unfit for the tri-series to be held between June 8 to June 14 in Bangladesh, also involving Pakistan. Sachin Tendulkar, who missed the first seven matches of the IPL owing to an injury, has been declared unfit by Mumbai Indians’ physiotherapist, Nitin Patel, because of a groin injury.

On Thursday (May 29), Niranjan Shah , secretary of BCCI, informed, "Tendulkar is not available for the tri-series as well as for the Asia Cup on the advice of Mumbai Indians physiotherapist Nitin Patel. He has not recovered sufficiently from his groin injury." Shah further added that Tendulkar would also skip the Asia Cup, to be held in Pakistan from June 24 to July 6.

Almost the same has happened with fast bowler Zaheer Khan, who made a comeback in IPL tournaments after a long rest due to an ankle injury. India’s front-line bowler has decided to keep him out from the tri-series in Bangladesh so that he can rest his troublesome ankle and fit himself fully for the the Asia Cup in Pakistan and for a Sri Lanka tour. Zaheer had injured his ankle while playing in an IPL match. In fact, the left-arm seamer returned home from Australia due to an ankle injury after the first Test. Further Zaheer skipped the home series against Pakistan and South Africa and made a comeback in the IPL, playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Zaheer impressed all by claiming 13 wickets in 11 matches before pulling himself out of the last three games.

Both Tendulkar and Zaheer were highly excited after coming back to action in IPL and looking forward to play for the Indian team by regaining fitness. But once again the fitness concern has ruined the chances of these two key players of the Indian cricket team. Of course, Tendulkar and Zaheer have got injured due to their internal body stress, but the extensive schedule of IPL and dozens of matches are surely the reasons behind such injuries.

IPL Twenty20 is a fast format game, here the players need to perform well in a very short period of time. Bowlers try hard to get the proper line and length in just four overs and at the same time use their whole potential to get maximum wickets. On the other hand, batsmen keep themselves always on toes to score maximum runs. Importantly, everything in Twenty20 matches happens in a hurry and a number of players fail to regain their fitness. Keeping in mind the fitness of top players of India, the BCCI should cut short the extensive schedule of IPL Twenty20 tournament next time. If the BCCI does not make essential changes in IPL schedule, possibilities are that the national team may face the shortage of key players due to fitness problems.

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