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Next year’s IPL is likely to be moved forward in order to allow India’s fast bowlers additional rest ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England. As a result, IPL 2019 is likely to begin on March 23.
Who made the request?
India’s captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri requested for at least a two-week period for the pacers to recover and rehabilitate ahead of the World Cup, during a meeting with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and a senior management group last month.
According to ESPNcricinfo, “they are also believed to have asked whether key players, including senior fast bowlers, could be rested from the IPL and adequately compensated if so.”
Who else attended these meetings?
Apart from Kohli and Shastri, ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma and Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane were also present, along with selection committee chairman MSK Prasad.
Considering what’s at stake during the IPL, it is understood that franchises were unlikely to provide permission to their fast bowlers to rest during the tournament, which in turn, forced the IPL management to move the tournament into March.
Where is next year’s IPL?
With the country’s general elections scheduled to take place during a similar period, it is currently unclear whether IPL 2019 will be moved outside India. The BCCI had already sent a team to South Africa to carry out reconnaissance in case the IPL had to be moved out.