IPL 2019: All Indian national players to take part despite the World Cup, confirms CoA
India will be the last team to take the field in the World Cup starting on May 30, 11 days after the final of the IPL.
Updated - Dec 19, 2018 1:35 pm
The year 2019 will see two mega cricket events lined up one after another and with the quadrennial World Cup scheduled second, there were speculations that many of the Indian national players could give the Indian Premier League (IPL) set to begin in March a miss. However, the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji, a former India women’s team captain, confirmed that all of the Indian players will take part in the T20 tournament.
India will be the last team to take the field in the World Cup starting on May 30, 11 days after the final of the IPL. India’s maiden assignment in the showpiece event was postponed from June 2 to June 5 since the BCCI was required to maintain a minimum of a 15-day gap between the conclusion of the IPL and India’s next international fixture.
On Tuesday, the day when the auction of IPL 2019 took place, Edulji confirmed the news. “It was cleared by the IPL COO (Hemang Amin). And hopefully, things will fall into place,” she was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ CEO Venky Mysore agreed to Edulji saying during the briefing of the franchises on Monday, they were assured that all the national team players will be playing in the IPL and for the entire duration. “There is no limitation is what we have been told. Let’s hope it stays that way,” Mysore said.
Small gap between IPL and World Cup
There was also no clarity over where the IPL will be held in 2019 since the general elections are also scheduled to take place around the same time. At the auction, BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary also said the board is trying its best to host all the matches in India. “We are trying our best to ensure that not a single game is taken out of India,” he said.
While South Africa hosted the IPL in 2009 because of elections, it was held partially in the UAE in 2014, another election year. The BCCI was not impressed with the fact that the venue of the IPL was yet to be announced, even after the franchises picked their players in the auction.
It would also have liked to see Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy happening before the IPL but Edulji said holding the T20 tournament before the auction was not feasible because of busy national and international schedules.