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National Cricket Academy to have oversight of state-level medical staff

BCCI, the Indian cricket board, has made a significant decision in response to a series of player injuries. In an effort to address the issue, they have decided to centralize the appointment of physiotherapists and trainers for state units. Going forward, the National Cricket Academy (NCA) will handle all interviews and appointments for these positions. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah explained that the aim is to have a similar setup to NCA’s head of Sports Science, Nitin Patel, in all 38 state units.

Furthermore, BCCI is currently in discussions with the cricket boards of England and New Zealand regarding the resumption of reciprocal shadow tours. The scheduled one-day series against Afghanistan may be postponed, which was supposed to follow the World Test Championship (WTC) final.

On another note, the ongoing dispute over the Asia Cup dates and venues remains unresolved. Jay Shah, who is also the chairman of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), plans to hold talks with officials from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka during the IPL final. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which has the hosting rights for the Asia Cup in September, is advocating for a hybrid model where they host the initial four league matches before moving to a neutral venue. However, the BCCI does not support this proposal, and it is unlikely to come to fruition.

While the matter of the Asia Cup is yet to be resolved, Shah expressed optimism that a solution will be reached soon. He expects to convene an emergency ACC meeting within the next week to ten days.

The PCB has linked Pakistan’s participation in the ODI World Cup in India to a resolution of the Asia Cup issue. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is expected to announce the World Cup venues in London by early June, with around 10 to 12 Indian venues likely to be selected, including Ahmedabad for the final.

During the Special General Meeting (SGM), the BCCI office-bearers were authorized to appoint a World Cup organizing committee, a sub-committee for the Women’s Premier League, and a committee for Grounds and Infrastructure. Additionally, the board discussed the Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) policy, which will be finalized during the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

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