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IPL 2019: Not heard anything from BCCI on players' workload management yet, says KKR CEO Venky Mysore

Even as the BCCI has dropped a hint that it will keep an eye on the workload of India players during the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO Venky Mysore on Tuesday said they have not got any directive of that sort yet, also expressing confidence that a situation like that will not arise and things will work out well."It's a hypothetical situation to be honest. I don't think it will arise because, having been around cricketers and coaches, they always feel that when you're playing competitive cricket it's better than having net sessions and what not," Mysore told reporters on the sidelines of the Mayors Cup at the Eden Gardens here.Besides Mysore, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik and head coach-cum-mentor of the academy Abhishek Nayar were also present to give away prizes.

"The way it plays out, the final is only two teams on May 12. Then in the playoffs...so it is not like everyone involved in the tournament is going to be...depends on which teams make it and all that...I think its all going to work out well," Mysore said.BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and chief selector M.S.K. Prasad have recently hinted that they will keep a close eye on the workload of India players during the IPL keeping in the mind the forthcoming ICC World Cup in May.The World Cup, to be played in the United Kingdom from May 30 to July 14, comes close on the heels of the IPL, starting March 23.

"We have not heard any such thing from them. The tournament is finishing early enough. If May 12 is the final, and India plays its first game on June 5, I think there is enough of a gap but we have not had any such guidance or instruction," Mysore said when asked whether they have heard anything from the board yet.Last November, in a meeting convened by the Committee of Administration (CoA) members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji and attended by Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravi Shastri, Ajinkya Rahane and chief selector Prasad, the India captain had suggested that key pacers like Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and others in the fray for the World Cup should not play a big part in the cash-rich T20 tournament.Due to the general elections, IPL games this time might take place at neutral venues as the BCCI might have to do away with the home and away format.

Mysore said there is a "strong possibility" of that happening and as a franchise they would hope that they get to play as many matches as they can at Eden."There is a strong possibility of that. From what I hear, they want to have the whole tournament in India. So it could be that there are neutral venues in India rather than neutral venues outside and we are happy with that."

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