Rest fast bowlers in IPL: Fran­chises un­likely to sup­port Kohli’s pro­posal

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In­dia n skip­per Vi­rat Kohli wants World Cup-bound fast bowlers to be rested from next year's IPL but the idea mooted at a meet­ing with the Com­mit­tee of Ad­min­is­tra­tors (CoA) is un­likely to find favour with the fran­chises.

Dur­ing a re­cent meet­ing of the CoA in Hy­der­abad, Kohli sug­gested rest­ing pac­ers, es­pe­cially Jasprit Bum­rah and Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar, from the en­tire IPL to keep them fresh for the World Cup.

How­ever, the In­dia cap­tain didn't find too many back­ers for his pro­posal as Board of­fi­cials said fran­chises are un­likely to agree.

“The IPL is start­ing on March 29 and will fin­ish on May 19. In any case, there will be a 15-day gap be­fore In­dia play their first World Cup game against South Africa on June 5. So there is no chance that pac­ers can be rested for the en­tire du­ra­tion of the IPL,” a se­nior of­fi­cial, who was present in the meet­ing, told PTI on Thurs­day.

In fact, limited-overs vice­cap­tain Ro­hit Sharma, who was present in the meet­ing, also had a dif­fer­ent take.

“When Kohli mooted the idea, CoA chief Vinod Rai asked Ro­hit about his take. Ro­hit ap­par­ently said, ‘If Mum­bai In­di­ans reach Play Offs or fi­nals and if Bum­rah hap­pens to be fit, then I can­not af­ford to rest him’,” the of­fi­cial said.

An­other of­fi­cial, who was present in the meet­ing, said it was “weird” that the In­dian skip­per was ask­ing for all the key pac­ers to be rested from the IPL. - PTI

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