Time to Rest Between IPL and ICC Cricket World Cup

By Matt Harris on May 17, 2019

After a busy Indian Premier League schedule, the Indian cricket team will soon leave for the ICC Cricket World Cup. Some expressed concerns that the team should have sufficient rest time. India’s cricket team does have a heavy workload, but should have enough time to rest.

The first of India’s World Cup matches takes place on 5th June, 2019. This means that even players who made it to the IPL Final still have 24 days of rest. However, although rest is important, it is better to get some practice matches in before a tournament. India will meet New Zealand in an ICC World Cup Cricket warm-up match on 25th May, 2019. In addition to this, India will play against Bangladesh on 28th May 2019. After the second warm-up match, there is another week before India’s first official match.

Former Wicketkeeper Kiran More Comments

There is always some concern that the team members need a mental break from the stress of intense cricket matches. The current structure with a couple of practice games ahead of India’s first match against South Africa works well.

Kiran More, a former cricket player, and the chief selector for the team, commented on the issues. He noted that some of the players had even more time since they did not make it to the playoffs. We acknowledged that the constant travelling and playing away from home is stressful. Nevertheless, the team is well looked after.

“We carry two physios, trainers, masseurs, and doctors,” said More. “They’re busy with the team until 2 AM in the night, so the players are managed well.”

More also noted: “There’s enough gap between the IPL and the World Cup. As a cricketer, it helps if you keep playing rather than look to perform straightaway after returning from a break. All our players are experienced, fit, and playing well.”

Is Kedar Jadhav Match Ready?

During the IPL, Chennai Super Kings batting all-rounder Kedar Jadhav sustained an injury.  At this time, Jadhav has begun training at the National Cricket Academy, where he is recovering well. Although the selectors expect Jadhav to play in the ICC World Cup, there has been no final decision yet.

A source from the BCCI said: “The BCCI national selectors have been kept apprised of Jadhav’s recovery process on a day-to-day basis. They are keeping a very close eye on his fitness in conjunction with physio Farhart. It’s too early to say whether Jadhav will be fit enough to take part in the tournament.”

The selectors need to make a decision about Jadhav by next week, especially with the team leaving for England on 22nd May. According to the ICC rules, they can decide up until 23rd May. If Jadhav is not match ready, possible replacements are either Ambati Rayudu, or Axar Patel.

ICC Cricket World Cup Finals

Do you think India will reach the ICC World Cup finals? Bet365 has set the odds of India reaching the ICC World Cup final match at 2.10. Alternatively, cricket bettors can find ICC World Cup odds of 1.72 on India not making it that far.