Top 5 Indians who might miss next IPL season due to World Cup duties
As per the recent rulings of the BCCI, there has to be a 15-day window between the IPL and an international assignment.
Published - May 28, 2018 12:42 pm | Updated - May 28, 2018 12:42 pm
The 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League is done and dusted. The Chennai Super Kings have been crowned as the champions of the season. The preparations for the IPL 2019 has already begun. The franchises who failed to make a mark this season have started their paper work already to sort things out next season. The 2019 edition of the tournament is grabbing a lot of attention already.
The key reasons behind this being the dates of the tournament clashing with the potential dates of the general elections in India. The IPL 2019 will commence from March 29 and end on May 19 next year. Another key thing that is bothering a lot of administrators is the marquee tournament, the ICC World Cup 2019. It is no brainer that the World Cup is the most revered tournament of the cricket world.
While the World Cup dates are not clashing with the dates of the IPL 2019, there is still a big catch in the entire episode. The WC 2019 will be played in England from May 30 to July 14 next year. And as per the recent rulings of the BCCI, there has to be a 15-day window between the IPL and an international assignment.
With this not being a case next season, there is a good chance the BCCI will rest some key players in the IPL in the later stages to ensure they stay fit and running for the coveted World Cup.
Here are the top 5 Indian players who might miss next IPL:
Virat Kohli – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Team India skipper Virat Kohli is an obvious name in the list. Kohli is expected to play a big role for the Indian team in the mega event next year. When the Indian team participated in the ICC Champions Trophy in England in 2017, Kohli was a top performer for the Indian team. Hence, in the English conditions with the white ball action, Kohli remains the main man for the Men in Blue.
Hence, in all likelihood, the Royal Challengers Bangalore could find themselves sans the services of Kohli in the second half of the IPL 2019. If that happens, the problems for team RCB will only pile up since Kohli is one of their very few players who has been consistent across the different seasons. In his absence, someone like AB de Villiers or Brendon McCullum could take charge of the side.