If the latest reports from Mumbai Mirror are to be believed, the players from Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed to the BCCI they will not allow players for the later part of Indian Premier League 12th edition (IPL 2019); reportedly, from May 1st.
The move is understandable that the respective countries would like to give enough rest for the players ahead of the 2019 World Cup. Meanwhile, the other boards are yet to make a move regarding the scenario.
The officials in India has preponed the tournament to March to end ahead of the 2019 World Cup. Though the idea looks decent, with the competition concluding only ten days before the grand event, the respective board wants to take measures of their player’s injuries.
The IPL 2019 has been advanced to begin on March 29 and will end on May 19. It means the Australian and English cricketers would miss the last 18 days of the tournament. On the other hand, South African cricketers will reveal their availability based on the schedule.
South Africa might host the IPL 2019:
With the general elections about to collide with IPL fixtures, it is expected that South Africa will host the IPL 2019. As per the report, South African players will be available until May 12, which means, they would miss playoffs.
However, it would change if South Africa hosts the event. Further, it comes to know that the exact position of all cricket boards would be clear by the time the player auction is held in December.
Meanwhile, it is also learnt the auctions will be held on December 16th. It is going to be a one-day affair, as all the franchises signed players for three years in the previous year auction. During the course, BCCI asked franchisees to submit their retained players list as well.