The 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most exciting seasons yet as it witnessed the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals after their two-year suspension.
While Team India’s premier players – Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and, Rohit Sharma battle it out to reach this year’s playoff stage, the next year’s IPL might not even have these three players.
What’s more, there is a huge chance that next year’s IPL would be missing many other top players and not just the above three.
According to reports, the information about 2019’s IPL is already out and it would take place reportedly in UAE and not India.
Before you wonder what might be the reason behind this move, we would like you to recall the IPL 2009 which took place outside India as well – in South Africa.
The reason for moving the IPL 2019 remains the same as moving the IPL 2009 that is General Elections.
So why UAE and not South Africa?
If you recall, back in 2014 India had held part of the IPL season in the UAE. The shift had suited India just right as it is just one-and-a-half hours behind the Indian Standard Time whereas South Africa is time is three-and-a-half hours behind IST.
Now for those wondering how the shift would affect key players like Kohli, Dhoni or Rohit not taking part in the IPL?
Well, the ICC World Cup is set to take place from May 30 to July 14, 2019 in England and Wales which is just a few days after the IPL which reportedly would take place from March 29 till May 19.
While the two events do not clash, one must note that the cricketing board (In India’s case the BCCI) would most likely not allow their key players to be part of the IPL as the gap between the two events is very less and the World Cup would most likely take priority over the IPL.
In the past, the BCCI was able to manage situations like this as the World Cup used to finish before the start of the IPL, but this time the situation is not in their favor as WC 2019 it is a mere 15 days after the IPL.
The fact the IPL is so close to the World Cup also means there is a lesser chance of recovery for players in case of an injury.
Thus, if a key Indian player gets injured during the IPL it could be really destructive for the Indian cricket team in the World Cup.
Thus there is a really high chance that the BCCI would not risk injuring their key players like Kohli, Dhoni, and Rohit and pull them out of the IPL.
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