BCCI are confident of convincing all the test playing nations to play no international cricket during the Indian Premier League window starting from 2019. The move has been confirmed by the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri who says that the other boards also understand the opportunity that the IPL brings to their players.
BCCI wants to limit cricket calendar during IPL
One major hindrance in BCCI’s plans came from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) who were keen to follow ICC’s Future Tours and Programme (FTP) and play extended cricket in the summer of 2019. However, Rahul Johri believes that the recent conversations have gone down well with the ECB and they are expected to join hands and limit their cricket calendar during the Indian Premier League from 2019.
As reported by Cricbuzz, Rahul Johri said, “The other boards understand the opportunity of the IPL. They want their players to be available. In the FTP from 2019, there’s virtually no or very little international cricket during that period in the calendar. Our endeavour is to overcome even that little international cricket. That is a testimony to the strength of the IPL.”
BCCI received a major boost from the ECB after they allowed their test captain Joe Root to submit his name for this year’s Indian Premier League auction hinting at a possible mutual ground between BCCI and the ECB for no or very little cricket during the IPL window.
English players like Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Ben Stokes, Jason Roy and certainly Joe Root can bring a lot of action to the Indian Premier League which we witnessed firsthand last season with Stoke being named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of IPL 2017.
The only country left out of the IPL fever is Pakistan as the frosty relationship between the two countries and cricket boards continue and we may only see Pakistan play International cricket during the Indian Premier League window with teams likes Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and possibly West Indies accompanying them as most of their test stars are not part of the IPL.