"There is fault in the system"- Md. Kaif blasts VVS Laxman and NCA staff over Indian players getting frequently injured
The last couple of years have seen a number of Indian players getting injured frequently, which has somehow effected Indian cricket to some extent. And the injury list for the Indian team has grown from time to time.
The prime example of this is Jasprit Bumrah, who has not featured in any game since last 7-8 months and also missed the T20 World Cup and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He is undergoing his rehab, and still there are doubts over his participation in the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.
Looking at all this, former Indian star Mohammaed Kaif has raised the question about the system at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. He has also indirectly questioned VVS Laxman and his team to give clarity about Bumrah's fitness. It's been more than six months since the pacer began his rehab programme at the NCA.
He first missed the Asia Cup but was selected in the squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia. But his injury occurred once again in the home T20I series against Australia ahead of the World Cup, which ruled him out of the coming WT20.
Meanwhile, in a discussion with Sportskeeda, Kaif said that it is not fair for the Indian fans to not have any kind of clarity over Bumrah's injury. He also accused the system of causing so many frequent injuries to the players.
Kaif said, "I have noticed faults in the system. Players have gotten picked in the squad, and then pulled out before the match citing they weren’t fully fit. This happened to Bumrah recently and even Mohammad Shami has done this a couple of times."
He further said that VVS Laxman, who is the head of the NCA, and his team need to answer, which is a very serious matter, and the system can't take it lightly. He added that a player should be completely tested before declaring fit, or else he needs to stay at the NCA to fully recover.
He concluded, "As a Bumrah fan, I want to know what injury he has, what is his recovery time, etc. So they should address this transparency bit and put forth the exact matter."