The BCCI is hoping that the handbook helps and guides cricketers in dealing with a host of issues, both personal and professional. © BCCI

The BCCI is hoping that the handbook helps and guides cricketers in dealing with a host of issues, both personal and professional. © BCCI

Put together on the basis of the Lodha recommendations, the document is expected to be a one-stop reference point for Indian players

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s official handbook for cricketers, titled 100 Things Every Professional Cricketer Must Know, was released on Friday (September 8).

Put together on the basis of the recommendations by the Justice RM Lodha Committee, the handbook, released by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators, is to be a one-stop point of reference for cricketers on various aspects of the game, ranging from tackling injuries to managing money.

The book has ten sections:

  • 10 things to know about your body
  • 10 things to know about what you consume
  • 10 things to know about recovering from injuries
  • 10 things to know about your mind
  • 10 things about dealing with mental and emotional hardship
  • 10 things about legal and commercial rights and obligations
  • 10 things about managing money
  • 10 things about media interactions
  • 10 things about professional integrity
  • 10 things about setting career and post-career goals

In his foreword, Rahul Dravid, the former India captain, called the book a “valuable resource”.

“As a coach to young cricketers, I have realised that it is important to create an environment that supports and empowers them as they prepare to participate and succeed at sport,” wrote Dravid. “During my playing career, I was fortunate to have a number of mentors, who contributed to my success in various ways. In that sense, there is a lot of value in having the awareness to know what information to seek and whom to seek it from.

“I see this handbook as a valuable resource that can be referred to from time to time. A wide range of topics is covered, which I hope will enable better decision making, especially among younger cricketers. The information can not only aid sport performance but also provide guidance on several off-field matters.”

In an introductory chapter, the BCCI have said that they expect the document to create awareness among cricketers and help them develop confidence in dealing with multiple issues, achieve greater control of one’s decisions – both personal and professional, identify the right people to associate with and build relationships, increase avenues to network and multiply opportunities to grow, and identify the aspects that serve the larger interests of the sport and of society.