Australian players only to have a limited role in IPL 2019

Australian players only to have a limited role in IPL 2019

After IPL 2019’s start date has been shifted earlier to accommodate the May start of the World Cup 2019, Cricket Australia’s interim high-performance chief Belinda Clarke has outlined that the fact that Australian cricketers will only play a limited role in the premier competition, if they play any role at all. The start of the IPL will coincide with the Australian domestic competition, Sheffield Shield.

Negotiations are going on for longer-term central contracts to reduce the allure of the IPL for the players. NOC will be issued to the players only after the end of the domestic season and all the international players will be required to play the matches scheduled ahead of the cricket world cup, even if the clash with the IPL or not.

After the Sheffield Shield competition, the Australian team will play a 50 over series in UAE vs Pakistan in a bid to prepare for the CWC 2019. Till a 15 man squad is announced for the series, all the players will be required to take part in the pre-tournament camp.

All these factors have contributed to the IPL franchise’s decision to release Australian players as KKR and Mitchell Starc. Others such as Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Aaron Finch, and Glenn Maxwell are also not expected to play a major part in the next IPL.

"In the interest of making Australians proud of our team, we are working hard to ensure their health and match readiness ahead of what will undoubtedly be a huge year in cricket, while respecting the players' interests in playing in the various formats," said Clark, who replaced the outgoing team performance manager Pat Howard this week. "It is a difficult period with the IPL being brought forward to accommodate the Cricket World Cup, and overlapping our domestic season.

"We are committed to respecting the position of the Sheffield Shield, while ensuring Australia's World Cup squad is well prepared for this critical world event, while also ensuring those that are fit to play have the opportunity to participate in the IPL. 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. It is imperative that we ensure Australia is in the best possible position as we head into the Cricket World Cup and the 2019 Ashes series. This means prioritizing our focus on match readiness and the health of our players."