It is a known fact that India is a powerhouse of world cricket, but are they so powerful to demand a late start at the World Cup 2019 and get it too? There has been talk over the team’s delayed start at the biggest cricket tournament since India played their first match after almost a week since the start. The other teams had already played at least one match before, while some of the squads completed two games. Amid the buzz over it, former England opener Nick Compton accused India of ‘running the cricket world’ as he replied to comments alluding the late start to the ‘late finish’ of the Indian Premier League. Harsha Bhogle clarified that it was not true, adding that the BCCI informed him that they planned the IPL dates after the World Cup schedule came out.
Before India vs South Africa match on Wednesday, the Proteas, England, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka had all played two matches each. Twitter users started wondering why India hadn’t played a match yet and one of them of the view that BCCI asked for a late start because of a ‘late finish’ to the IPL.
Replying to the comment, former England opening batsmen Nick Compton made a bold statement, “They are INDIA and they run the cricket world I guess.”
The veteran commentator was quick to respond, “I checked with @BCCI and was told that the World Cup schedule came out much earlier and that the IPL schedule was adjusted accordingly.”
According to reports, the guidelines of the Lodha Committee, formed to clean up Indian cricket after the spot-fixing saga, mandated a 15-day gap between the conclusion of the IPL and the next international tournament.
The IPL final, as per reports, was earlier set to be held on May 19, and India’s first World Cup match was supposed to be against Bangladesh on June 2. However, that wouldn’t have fulfilled the criteria enlisted by the committee.
Reports claimed, in that situation, India used its powerful position in world cricket to demand a change in the tournament’s schedule.
It’s a different matter that the IPL final was eventually played a week before the earlier scheduled May 19, apparently necessitated due to the General Elections and India finally played its first World Cup match on June 6.