Instead of previously scheduled start of June 2, India will now begin their World Cup 2019 journey on June 5. The revealed reason is to maintain a fifteen day mandatory gap between IPL final and international assignment for cricketers, according to the Lodha Commission.
A senior BCCI official told Press Trust of India on Tuesday, “The 2019 IPL will be played between March 29 and May 19. But we need to maintain a 15-day gap and World Cup starts on May 30. Therefore as per 15 day gap we could have only played on June 4. Earlier, we were scheduled to start on June 2 but we couldn’t have played on that day.”
“South Africa are our first opponents. The CEC agreed and the matter has been referred to the ICC board,” he further added.
The 2019 World Cup will be held in the UK from May 30 to July 14. The matter was discussed during the ICC Chief Executives Meeting in Kolkata on Tuesday.
It can be noted International Cricket Council is supposed to reveal full schedule of World Cup 2019 within April 30.