The National Cricket Academy (NCA) have once again come under scanner after Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury. NCA in the recent times have been in question for their play in players’ injuries.
Earlier, NCA had received alot of criticism for their approach towards Wriddhiman Saha’s injury that he sustained during the IPL. The wicket-keeper batsman was ruled out due to finger injury, however, it was revealed that the player had been suffering from a shoulder injury that he had sustained in January which had been reported to NCA in Bangaluru for the rehabilitation program. Due to the miss management Saha had to stay away for a major part of the year.
Similarly, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been diagnosed with sports hernia and will not be part of the upcoming ODI series against West Indies scheduled for 15 December in Chennai. Kumar was able played just a few games after recovery, has raised alot of questions on NCA’s conduct. According to reports, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah have refused to undergo rehabilitation at NCA post recovery and have opted to train under Rajnikant Sivagnanam, trainer of Delhi Capitals.
According to sources, “Both Pandya and Bumrah made it clear to the team management that they wouldn’t wish to go to the academy for rehabilitation and that is why while Yogesh Parmar kept an eye on Pandya, Nitin Patel studied every process that Bumrah followed during the rehab. Yes, they are contracted players and they should have been at the NCA, but the stakes are high and for a sportsperson injuries are a serious matter. So, beyond a point you have to allow them to take a call that they are comfortable with.”