ICC World Cup, IPL 2019 dates announced

KOLKATA: The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will be held between March 29 and May 19. 

A BCCI official, while talking to PTI said, “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 a 15-day gap, we could have only played on June 5. Earlier, we were scheduled to start on June 2 but we couldn’t have played on that day.”

India will take on Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2019 on June 16 at Old Trafford, a BCCI official told IANS on Tuesday.

Cut to 10 teams from 14, the World Cup next year will be in round-robin format where every team which play each other.

At the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives meeting here, it was proposed that the big-ticket clash will be in Manchester while India will open their campaign against South Africa on June 5.

The recommendation needs to be ratified by the ICC board.

Keeping in mind the Lodha Committee recommendation, which says a mandatory 15-day gap is required between the IPL final and any international match, the South Africa game was postponed by three days from June 2 to June 5.

The 2019 World Cup will be held in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.

Meanwhile, it was also decided that India will play a maximum of 309 days of international cricket in this cycle across formats which is a reduction of 92 days from the previous cycle.

The number of home tests will be increased from 15 to 19.

It was also decided that India won't take part in any Day/Night Test match, which was expected against the West Indies later this year. The reason being, the ICC World Test Championship matches won't be Day-Night tests, IANS further reports.