So here we are in the month of March and its IPL time on the cards. Started in 2008, the tournament grew bigger and bigger glamourizing the game of cricket a notch ahead. At one hand, cricket gurus consider this as a platform to showcase your talent and get into the national colors. But few consider it as distorting the game of players specifically for Men in Blue who undergo a busy schedule round the year. There were lot of speculations regarding this year’s IPL where the management ultimately managed to get a green signal. Let’s talk about some insights around the tournament.
Lok Sabha General Elections -2019
With this year’s Lok Sabha elections likely to clash with the dates of Indian Premiere League, Indian cricket board were exploring the options of hosting the cash–rich tournament abroad. It has twice been hosted abroad- in 2009 (South Africa) and 2014 (partly in UAE) – because of General elections. Apart from the paperwork or permissions hassle (as to organize outside India) Logistical inconvenience and financial losses are always a factor. Thus, the BCCI delegates and the IPL management penultimately, managed to organize the event in the country itself. Although, the schedule was out after the announcement of General Election dates. Here, is the schedule of IPL 2019.
World Cup – 2019
Other than polls, the tournament this time has to contend with World cup too, which starts from May 30 to July 14 in England. Usually, the IPL starts in the first week of April and concludes at end of May. But that’s not going to happen this year. According to Justice Lodha committee recommendations, a 15-day window is mandatory between IPL and any upcoming international fixture making the tournament schedule the final on 12th may.
A hectic programme awaits Team India. Participation in the biggest inter club tournament can be subjective. Load management is the key the skipper Virat Kohli calls about and asks his players not to get carried away with the format of the tournament. Cricket Australia (CA), has limited its players participation for the final week of the tournament. It has announced that it would not allow the Aussie players participation at the business end of tournament managing the work load ahead of the biggest international tournament. But, at the other hand the biggest interclub tournament will see a comeback of two Aussie stars Steve Smith and David Warner after the infamous ball tampering saga. So, keeping fingers crossed let’s hope for the best to get out of the biggest inter club clash and international clash this year.
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