Sydney: Putting country first, Cricket Australia (CA) will not allow its players, picked in the World Cup squad, to take part in the last few weeks of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) so that they prepare well for the big-ticket event.
The lucrative IPL Twenty20 tournament is likely to start early than the scheduled time to give the players enough time to rest and prepare for the ODI World Cup, starting in England on May 30. Advancing the IPL dates to March means it will clash with the last part of Australia’s domestic season as well as their ODI series against Pakistan.
The final round of the Sheffield Shield is scheduled from March 20 to 23, while the Pakistan ODI series, though not confirmed, has been pencilled in for March 15-29. “It is a difficult period with the IPL being brought forward to accommodate the WC, and overlapping our domestic season,” said CA’s Interim EGM Team Performance, Belinda Clark.