IPL may be preponed to offer India rest before World Cup: reports
The 2019 IPL could be preponed by a week. (AFP Image)

The 2019 Indian Premier League could be preponed by a week in order to offer India some rest before the World Cup next year in England. As per the existing schedule, the IPL goes from March 29 to May 19, followed by the World Cup beginning on May 30. But as per reports from ESPNcricinfo, IPL 2019 could begin a week early – March 23 – so that India’s fast bowlers in particular could get a breather before they travel to England.

The website understands that the idea was proposed by India coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli to the Committee of Administrators alongside the board’s senior management. The meeting was held in New Delhi and Hyderabad and was also attended by the two vice-captains, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. As per reports, Rohit was against the idea of resting pacers while Kohli was in favour of it.

Regarding key players being rested, Hemang Amin, the chief operating officer of the IPL management has conveyed to the CoA that it will eventually boil down to what the IPL franchises decide, and it is unlikely that they will be in favour of it. This is what may lead to the BCCI advancing IPL by a week.

It is also not clear whether the IPL will be conducted in India, which can only be decided once the country’s seven-phase federal elections are announced by the Central Election Commission. If the dates coincide, there is a strong chance of the tournament taking place in South Africa, which hosted the second edition of the IPL in 2019. It is understood that a team has already been sent to SA for recce.

During the meeting, the CoA also raised their concerns about India’s performances in South Africa and England, where they lost the Test series. The two-member CoA, comprising Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji that despite remaining the No. 1 Test side in the world, India have been “found wanting” in both countries.