Cricket Australia to curb Aussie participation in IPL 2019
Any Australian cricketer willing to play in the 2019 addition of the Indian Premier League, will be subject to prior approval from the highest authority of cricket in the country.
Cricket Australia said on Thursday, they are looking to keep the best bunch of cricketers unscathed ahead of the 2019 World Cup and thus decided not to allow Aussies to appear in full competition of the next year’s Indian Premier League.
The CA statement said any cricketer named in Australia’s World Cup squad will have to participate in a pre-tournament camp in early May. As per the existing schedule, the IPL goes from March 29 to May 19, followed by the World Cup in England from May 30.
Belinda Clarke, CA’s interim high performance manager, said these decisions have been taken with a focus on defending the World Cup and maintaining the sanctity of the Sheffield Shield.
“It is a difficult period with the IPL being brought forward to accommodate the World Cup, and overlapping our domestic season,” she said.
“We are committed to respecting the position of the Sheffield Shield while ensuring Australia’s World Cup squad is well prepared … while also ensuring those that are fit to play have opportunity to participate in the IPL,” she added.
“While this is no easy feat, I think we have managed a reasonable balance that will enable the players to consider their options and choose what is right for them and their respective teams. We will, as always, assess applications on a case by case basis. But it is important the players understand our position in advance, so they have the clarity they need to make personal decisions,” Clarke said.