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Indian all-rounder Shardul Thakur On Sunday, he called for much longer breaks between Ranji Trophy matches to help players have more time to recover and prepare and reduce injuries. Thakur recorded his maiden first-class century in Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy semi-final against Tamil Nadu on Sunday. Due to their century and a big fightback from the lower order, Mumbai lead by 207 runs. After the end of the day, Shardul described the current schedule, which has a gap of just three days between matches, as “difficult” and “tight”. He pointed out that the breaks between matches were more when he played Ranji seven or eight years ago.

“If the boys continue to play like this for two more seasons, there will be a lot of injuries across the country,” Thakur said.

“Next year, they (BCCI) will have to re-examine the situation and give more breathing space. When I remember playing Ranji Trophy back then, seven to eight years ago, (the) first three matches” Earlier, there was (a) three-day break, then it was (a) four-day break, and the round of 16 was played (with) five-day breaks,” Thakur added.

As the Indian Premier League (IPL) window expands due to the number of franchises increasing to 10, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been forced to adapt all men’s domestic cricket seniors in a much smaller window. This has, according to many first-class cricketers, called into question the relevance of tournaments like the Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, zonal first-class and ODI competitions, which usually open a domestic season.

The teams also experienced travel fatigue. Shardul said that it is extremely difficult for players to play ten matches with a gap of three matches if a team qualifies for the final.

“This year we saw that all matches were played with an interval of three days. It is extremely difficult for national players to expect them to play ten matches in a row with only three days apart. interval if (a) team reaches the final,” Thakur said.

“Also, when nine teams were in the group (in the old format), one team would get a break in (the) round-robin system. Now, with only eight teams in a group, everyone plays the against each other, so the (additional) break is over now,” he added.

Thakur pointed out that the schedule, for example, was extremely grueling for the Mumbai pacers, with Mohit Avasthi was rested in a league match against Chhattisgarh due to a hamstring problem after playing five successive matches. He also said that Mohit had a huge workload because Tushar Deshpande played for India A at one point, veteran Dhawal Kulkarni was also getting older and Royston Dias is a relatively new player.

“Yes, 100 per cent (on grueling schedules) because Mohit (Avasthi) also got injured in the sixth match,” Thakur said.

“He played five matches in a row. He had a huge workload as Tushar (Deshpande) had also been selected for India A. He was not available. Dhawal (Kulkarni) was playing alternate games considering his age and his workload. Royston (Dias) is relatively new.”

“He (Mohit) operated a lot in those first five matches, then he got injured and had to miss a match. I think it’s because there is not enough spacing between matches “, concluded.

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