The teams of the IPL are already in a fix this year, as a majority of the foreign players won’t be available owing to the 2019 World Cup.
Only players from New Zealand and West Indies will be available for the entirety of IPL 2019. Australia and Bangladesh will be playing till the 3rd and 2nd week of April respectively, and South Africa along with Sri Lanka will be available till early May with the English players heading back early as well. Even the BCCI is considering giving Indian players a break before the World Cup gets underway. Here are the teams which will be affected the most by these decisions.
Mumbai Indians did pick up Quinton De Kock and Lasith Malinga, but these players will not be available for a good two weeks of the tournament. Jason Behrendorff, the Australian trailblazer, will also not be available. Moreover, Jasprit Bumrah may also be rested, causing him to miss crucial matches.
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Rajasthan Royals were led brilliantly by their foreign recruits last season. However, this year can be massively different as most of their stars will be absent. Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, who is in the fray for a national call-up, and Jos Buttler are extremely imported for England to win the World Cup. The franchise has already asked for Steven Smith’s replacement and the team will miss the Aussies services in all likelihood this year too. The backup players of Rajasthan do not have much experience, and this may push the team to the backfoot.
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The team seems very strong on paper, with big names like Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson. However, these two players are the only ones who are likely to play throughout the season. While Jonny Bairstow will be focussing primarily on the World Cup, David Warner and Billy Stanlake will miss the first week and the last two weeks. Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi’s tenure may get cut short by the second week of May. Bhuvneshwar Kumar may be rested as well.
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