The IPL is set to kick off from the ending week of March with very little gap ahead of the all important ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. There has been a lot of debate surrounding whether some of the big names in the team would be missing the season altogether. The gap between the IPL and World Cup will be less than 15 days whereby the players preparation and practice sessions can be affected.
This issue has raised a legit question as to whether the players should be provided an early rest by the team management ahead of the showpiece event. Looking at the preparations of the Indian team ahead of the World Cup, Chief Selector MSK Prasad opined that playing in the IPL would only help the players.
The BCCI Selection Committee Chief feels that playing the IPL would only give the players ample game time and practice. Prasad believes that the players would be presented with many challenges which would only help them understand and improve their game ahead of the World Cup.
“Players’ workload management is obviously crucial and of paramount importance to us. However, playing in the IPL before the World Cup will help our players remain in the groove. They will get game-time which is so important. The variety of challenges that the IPL offers will keep the players in best shape and remain mentally strong,” Prasad was quoted as saying in Mid Day.
“We have been in conversation with the franchises on all issues concerning the game of cricket as well as the interests of this country and there seems to be (conversable) views, if I may put it, in a larger kind of sense, without putting out the specifics,” he added.
As per reports, England and Australian players will be only playing till May 1 and have already communicated the tenures of their availability to the BCCI. Overseas action will hence be missed in between the season as gap between the two events continues to remain a big concern for the management given the fact that national duty always comes first.