Playing the IPL will help the players remain in the groove for World Cup: MSK Prasad
The IPL will end a few days before the World Cup.
Updated - Feb 18, 2019 11:48 am
The 2019 World Cup is all set to start on Thursday, May 30 in England and Wales. India are scheduled to play their first match against South Africa at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday, June 5. The Men in Blue are the two-time World champions and with the form they have been in over the last few months, Virat Kohli’s men are deemed to be one of the favourites of the tournament.
However, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is scheduled before the mega event, which is four months away. The 12th edition of the cash-rich extravaganza consists of all the players from the Indian national team and many believe that they should be given adequate rest before the World Cup.
They will get game-time which is so important
However, MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors, reckons otherwise and feels that playing in the IPL will keep the Indian cricketers in the groove owing to the challenge posed by the T20 tournament. He also told that the board is in a conversation with the franchise owners surrounding taking care of the players.
“Players’ workload management is obviously crucial and of paramount importance to us. However, playing in the IPL before the World Cup will help our players remain in the groove. They will get game-time which is so important. The variety of challenges that the IPL offers will keep the players in best shape and remain mentally strong,” Prasad was quoted as saying in Mid Day.
“We have been in conversation with the franchises on all issues concerning the game of cricket as well as the interests of this country and there seems to be (conversable) views, if I may put it, in a larger kind of sense, without putting out the specifics,” he added.
Back in 1983, India won the World Cup under Kapil Dev. 28 years later, India, under the leadership of MS Dhoni got their hands on the coveted trophy, beating Sri Lanka in the final. In the 2015 edition of the WC, India bowed out after losing the final against Australia, the eventual champions.