12th edition of IPL could start as early as 29 March

New Delhi: The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will be held between 29 March and 19 May. The Lok Sabha elections would most likely clash with the IPL window in 2019. The BCCI faced a similar situation in 2014.

Further, the 2019 ICC World Cup starts from 30 May and cricket teams need to report two weeks before the mega tournament starts. The Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee deems that IPL should end 15 days before the next assignment.

A BCCI official said, “The 2019 IPL will be played between 29 March and 19 May. But we need to maintain a 15-day gap and World Cup starts on 30 May. Therefore as per a 15-day gap, we could have only played on 5 June. Earlier, we were scheduled to start on 2 June but we couldn’t have played on that day.”

The general elections expected to be held in the country in the similar time window as the IPL, followed by the ICC World Cup in England and Wales, the BCCI has decided to start the perennially anticipated event earlier than it usually does.

On two occasions, the IPL has been played overseas because of the general elections. While in 2009, the tournament was held in its entirety in South Africa. in 2014 the first 19 days of the league were staged in the country that serves the Messiah in cases of scheduling crisis, United Arab Emirates.

The 11th edition of the IPL kicked off on 7 April at Wankhede Stadium between MI and Chennai Super Kings while the final will take place on 27 May at Wankhede.

India are scheduled to begin the ICC World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa on 5 June while they will face arch-rivals Pakistan on 16 June at Old Trafford. “South Africa are our first opponents. The CEC agreed and the matter has been referred to the ICC board,” he said.

Interestingly, India have never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup match. The two teams have faced each other in 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015.

India and Pakistan last met in World Cup match back in 2015 where India emerged victorious while they last played against each other in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final. Pakistan defeated India in this encounter to lift the Champions Trophy for the first time.

Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

By Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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