BCCI's workload policy clashes with playing county cricket, says Umesh

January 19 2020

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The BCCI has been very clear about workload management of players and  that has seen someone like Umesh Yadav having to skip an opportunity to  play county cricket.

Speaking to media on the eve of the Ranji  Trophy game between Delhi and Vidarbha, Umesh said that he did get an  offer from Gloucestershire, but had to stay away keeping the workload  guidelines in mind.

"I got a county offer last season (from  Gloucestershire). They wanted me to play seven games, but the BCCI  workload management policy doesn't allow me to play more than two or  three games. So, the deal didn't work out. Also I had some niggles to  take care of after IPL," he revealed.

So does that mean that the  workload policy needs a re-look, Umesh feels that it should be a case of  each individual being treated as per their position and match time.

"Workload  management is a balance that you strike when you are constantly playing  matches. In my case, it's been the opposite. I have played lesser and  lesser in the past two years (2018 and 2019). So there hasn't even been  optimum workload for me.

"I am 31 and the next four to five years  are very important. If you look at my record, I played four Tests last  year (2019) and before that another four in 2018. In white ball, I  played only one game last year.

"At this age, the more I bowl,  the better I will get. That's why I am playing five first-class (one vs  Saurashtra after this game) to have some more workload," he explained.

In  fact, with the Indian selectors looking at him more as a red-ball  specialist, Umesh doesn't have much to do after the New Zealand tour.

"So,  in a World T20 year, after New Zealand tour, I have only IPL left and  then no cricket. If I am not selected for white-ball cricket, I have  precious little to do then," he pointed.

Does that mean he will  be open to county offers? "The concern about county cricket is that if  they have a professional playing for them, they would hand over the ball  to him and expect that bowler to send down maximum overs," he said.

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