NCA’s refusal at conducting a fitness test for the speedster, Jasprit Bumrah has been making headlines for the last few weeks. Apparently, India team’s fast bowler wanted the NCA to conduct a fitness test for him and declare him fit, but the NCA refused to do it. Questions have been directed at the Director of National Cricket Academy (NCA), Rahul Dravid, but he has not opened about the issue yet. But another source has come out into the open and shed some light into Bumrah’s case.
The source, he wanted to remain anonymous, claimed that Rahul had no problem conducting a fitness test for the young cricketer, Jasprit Bumrah; he had instead told him to bring his physiotherapist from the India team to conduct the test at the NCA. The problem was not in conducting the test but the consequences that the NCA would have to face later on. Bumrah was allowed to use all the facilities at the NCA, but Dravid denied his request of a recruiting the NCA staff to conduct his fitness test. Since Bumrah was treated by a different physiotherapist in the India team, his case was not known to the NCA staff. None of the staff had worked with him prior to the injury or immediately after the injury, so they were not at the position to conduct a test at the very last minute and declare him fit. IF he gets injured again in the same place, then the NCA and Rahul Dravid will be blamed.
“He was told to get whoever he wanted and do the test here. Last-minute, you land up and ask us to conduct fitness test (but) how can we? Nobody knows his case. NCA trainers have not trained with him even one day, they have not treated him for four months. How can they be asked to conduct the test? Please don’t recruit the NCA staff to give the test and pass you. Because what happens is if something goes wrong, again the NCA will be blamed. No professional will agree to do this,” he said.
The NCA has been blamed before for declaring Hardik Pandey fit to play in the Test Series last year. The source further revealed the NCA’s physiotherapy department was pressured from the top to make such a declaration.