Australia, England Inform BCCI Their Players Won’t Feature In IPL After May 1: Reports
The upcoming season of Indian Premier League could lose some of its shine in its latter stages as Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board have both reportedly informed the BCCI that their players won’t be able to play in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League beyond May 1.
Media reports suggest that the Australia and England boards took the decision due to the 2019 World Cup. For the same reason, the IPL will have an early start this year. The twelfth edition of the IPL gets underway from March 29 and will conclude on May 19, just 11 days before the start of the World Cup. Now if the reports are true then the Australia and England players will miss the business end of the league as well as the qualifiers, eliminator and the final.
Till now, the BCCI has not made any announcement regarding the availability of international cricketers. However, Mumbai Mirror have reported that franchises have been informed about the same unofficially.
The report further claimed that there has been no update from other cricket boards about the availability of their players. However, it went on to state that the South Africa player could leave India after May 12. Consequently, the Proteas star will miss the play-offs and finals week. But things could change if the IPL moves to South Africa due to general elections in India.
The report said that the exact position of all cricket boards would be clear by the time the player auction is held in December. The report added that the auction would be held on December 17-18 in Jaipur.
Coming to the World Cup, England will take on South Africa in the opener on May 30, 2019, at The Oval in London.
The tournament will last for 45 days with 48 matches to be played. India will start their campaign against the Proteas on June 5. The format for the 2019 edition will see 10 best teams in the world going head-to-head in a round-robin format. The tournament will culminate with the fifth final at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 14.
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