IPL 2019: Are the viewers up for some fire on the pitch or a flop show?


Captains of all the 7 teams looked pumped up to clinch the trophy this year | Credits: IPL2019

Ahead of the first ODI against Australia, Indian Captain Virat Kohli said that selection in the World Cup squad would not depend on the player’s performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, whereas Chief selector MSK Prasad said that a player’s form in IPL can play a crucial role in marking his place in the World Cup squad.

IPL throws up pressure situations which moulds the skillsets of players. Whatever be the case, performances in the IPL will sure make headlines and the selectors could be tempted to pick a couple of in-form players for the marquee tournament.

The coveted IPL winner’s trophy | Credits: DNA India

While the players are all decked up for the upcoming IPL, many countries have their players to avoid playing in the league as ICC World Cup 2019 will start just two weeks after IPL ends. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opined that while selectors are yet to decide over the matter, the decision of franchise owners is also crucial considering the players have signed lucrative contracts with the franchises.

Speaking to Times Now, BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said, “selectors are deciding on which all players representing India at World Cup should be given how much rest during the IPL. The decision of franchise owners is also important in this because they have signed a contract with those players.”

Chaudhary also added that whether to give rest to players in IPL 2019 will depend on the following four factors:
1) Managing workload of players is crucial. If a player asks for more matches, he will be given more matches to play in the IPL.
2) Selectors to also take a call on the number of matches India’s players from the World Cup squad would play.
3) Opinion of head coach Ravi Shastri and assistant coaches will also be taken into account.
4) The opinions of franchise owners will also be taken into consideration as they have signed deals with the cricketers.

While the IPL 2019 will give Indian players enough time to play competitive cricket, there are also fears of key players getting injured ahead of the quadrennial extravaganza.

On the other hand, Steve Smith and David Warner, who will complete their 12-month ban on March 29, were retained by Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Considering they haven’t played much international cricket, it remains to be seen whether they will be available for the entire edition of the tournament. Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch are two of the high profile names who did not go into IPL 2019 auctions and later opted out of the 12th edition.

Captains have decided their squads to get the trophy home | Credits: News Nation

During the auction a whopping Rs 106.80 was spent and the teams have been reshuffled pretty well other than the players who were retained by the franchises. Though the final squads were decided at the auction tables, IPL would hold stakes for three players in particular to seal their position in the World Cup squad; Dinesh Kartik, Vijay Shankar and KL Rahul.

After Ranji Trophy, now ICC tries to hold stakes in IPL. ICC is putting serious efforts to play a watchdog in IPL, a move that can wider the wedge between India and rest of the world.

The ICC wants to put in place an ‘event sanctioning group’ in order to bring about uniformity in the policy governing all such T20 leagues. ICC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Iain Higgins and media rights head Aarti Singh Dabas are slated to helm this committee.

The groups will be working towards the following:

  • Bring about more control on the many private T20 leagues sprouting around the world.
  • Help draw up a uniform policy on how these leagues function.
  • Have a say in the format and players policy.
  • As a governing body, be seen as a policymaker for the many international cricket boards (full and associate members) who have T20 leagues or will soon have one.

Final IPL 2019 Squads

But the BCCI has categorically rejected the ICC’s wish to have a say in the IPL and the TOI reports BCCI’s clear stand on the matter, “The IPL is an Indian domestic tournament and just the way how the ICC has no locus standi in a tournament like the Ranji Trophy, it will have no say in the IPL as well.”

The BCCI’s stand on the matter is clear: “The IPL is an Indian domestic tournament and just the way ICC has no locus standing on the Ranji Trophy, it will have no say in the IPL as well.”

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