India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is the latest cricketer to have not recovered in time for the England Tests starting August 1 in Birmingham. After fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were found to be unfit even after undergoing a long-term rehabilitation exercise at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, Saha is the third cricketer who has seen an aggravation to his injury after treatment at NCA. (India tour of England 2018 Full Coverage)
This has led to criticism from several quarters of the nation's premier cricket academy and it's lacklustre functioning. There have also been reports that a number of Indian cricketers are quite unhappy with how the saga has unfolded.
Amidst all this, Indian all-rounder and World Cup winner Yuvraj Singh has come out in support of the Bangalore-based institute. The left-hander took to Twitter to argue that it was due to the NCA that he was able to bounce back after life-threatening cancer.
He wrote: "Hearing criticisms abt NCA. I wud like to share my experience that the reason why I was able to bounce back after cancer was the national cricket academy a great facility created by @bcci to help players recover from injuries with the help of best Physios & trainers in the country".
Hearing criticisms abt NCA. I wud like to share my experience that the reason why I was able to bounce back aftr cancer was the national cricket academy a great facility created by @bcci to help players recover frm injuries with the help of best Physios & trainers in the country— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 20, 2018
Saha was not picked for the upcoming Test series against England but the Board did not reveal the full extent of his fitness problems.
The BCCI said in its defence, "The entire course of treatment and consultation that was carried out at the NCA (National Cricket Academy) was performed in coordination with the India Team management and the GM of Operations."
(With PTI Inputs)