CA to limit Australia players’ availability in IPL

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Cricket Australia (CA) will limit their national team’s players availability in next year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) as they gear up for the 2019 World Cup and the Ashes in the UK.

With the World Cup set to start in May 2019, the IPL will be brought forward to allow the tournament to finish well before the global showpiece.

However, the proposed new dates will clash with the end of Australia’s domestic season and the Sheffield Shield will be given priority over any overseas tournament, according to CA’s interim high performance chief Belinda Clark.

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Clark said: “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.

“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 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 prioritising our focus on match readiness and the health of our players.”

Some IPL teams have already reacted to the news that Australian players might not be available for most of the tournament with the Kolkata Knight Riders releasing Mitchell Starc from his contract.

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