Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah To Miss IPL For ICC World Cup 2019? Ravi Shastri Drops Massive Hint
With not a very long gap between the Indian Premier League and this year’s ICC World Cup 2019, the Indian team-management must be a worried batch. Not only the team is worried about the players getting injured during the league but is also concerned about the players getting drained out before the all-important World Cup in England and Wales. In the past, skipper Virat Kohli have already expressed his concerns over the same. Reports have also suggested that the franchises are not willing to rest the players.
India head coach Ravi Shastri has now made it clear that he will ask the franchises to rest key players and not make them play all the matches in the strenuous tournament.
“During the IPL, we will try and speak to the franchises and their captains. We want to make sure that they play only an optimal number of matches without affecting their fitness or form for the World Cup. We will seek proper rest for them, so they are in absolute readiness for the World Cup,” Ravi Shastri told Cricbuzz.
At the same time, he also said that there is a 10-day gap between the IPL and World Cup which becomes very crucial for the management to take care of specific facets of players. He further said that the IPL would give all the players in the fray a great chance to work on their skills and fitness.
“Even though we cannot interfere too much, we definitely will be talking to players to maintain their optimal performance state,” Ravi Shastri added.
The BCCI is yet to announce the schedule but has already confirmed that the league would start on March 23. The World Cup, on the other hand, will start on May 30. Hosts England will take on South Africa in the opener 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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