IPL 2019 likely to be scheduled early

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 is likely to be preponed keeping in mind the ICC World Cup next year, which begins on May 30, even as India play their first match against South Africa on June 6.

The Indian team management, particularly captain Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, requested the BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) to allow adequate rest to the fast bowlers for the World Cup in a meeting held last month.

During the meeting in Hyderabad, Kohli has suggested resting pacers,  especially Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, from the entire IPL to keep them fresh for the World Cup.

Mumbai Indians captain and India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma, along with the IPL management, were reluctant about the above suggestion and hence, the CoA might accommodate the same by beginning the IPL a bit early.

To put an end to this stalemate, the IPL is likely to be scheduled for March 23. IPL’s chief operating officer Hemang Amin is understood to have told CoA that the franchises will need to agree if Kohli’s request is to be implemented and that would be difficult.

According to ESPNCricinfo, BCCI is also looking into the chances of organising the IPL in India next year but a final call can only be taken when the Central Election Commission announces the dates of the General Elections. For the same, BCCI has already taken stock of South Africa if the IPL is indeed to be organised outside India.

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