WTC Final: Dukes balls to be given to fast bowlers for training during IPL

Indian captain Rohit Sharma on Monday said that the Indian players whose Indian Premier League (IPL) teams will not be able to make it to the play-offs of this T20 league will be in London for two weeks before the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia. Can participate in orientation camp. The WTC final will be played in June, right after the IPL. The IPL final is on May 29 while the WTC final will begin on June 7 at The Oval.

For the first time since the outbreak of Kovid-19, the IPL will be played between the home and away grounds.Will be played in its original format, during which the players will have to travel a lot. Cheteshwar Pujara is the only current regular India Test player who is not a part of the IPL. Rohit said in response to a PTI question at the press conference after India won the Test series 2-1 against Australia, “It is very important for us. We will be in constant touch with all the players who are going to play in that final and will monitor their workload and see what is happening with them.

He said, “Around May 21 there will be six teams who will probably be out of the IPL play-off race and so whatever players are available, we will try to get them to UK as soon as possible.” (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Mohammed Shami (Gujarat Titans), Umesh Yadav (Kolkata Knight Riders) are expected to play regularly for their franchises. He is likely to feature in at least 12 of the 14 group league games and it will be important to keep an eye on his workload.

Rohit said, “We are sending some (red) Dukes balls to all the fast bowlers. It gives them time to bowl but it all depends on the individual players.” Unlike the SG Test in India and the Kookaburra in Australia, Tests in England are played with Dukes balls. It remains to be seen how much time Shami, Umesh and Siraj manage to find between travel, matches and busy schedules. But England is not a new place for most of the members of the Test team as all of them have played several series there and some of them have also played county cricket.

Rohit said, “The people who will be part of the final are not players who have not played in Britain. Maybe one or two players are like that but rest of us have played in that part of the world. I don’t think it will be a huge problem. Both the teams have played a lot of cricket in England but the neutral venue will be a completely different environment for both.

Rohit said, “Talking about playing them (Australia) in the final, it will be a different ball match with a neutral venue for both the teams. Both the teams have played a lot of cricket in that part of the world and I would not say that it will be new conditions for both the teams but yes it is not going to be like playing India in India or Australia in Australia. I am sure both the teams will prepare for it.

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