Why India is playing so late in World Cup 2019

The cricket World Cup 2019 is on full swing in England and Wales. Every team has played at least one match except for India.
Six days since the start of the tournament, Virat Kohli and Co. are still waiting for their turn to take the field.

India will lock horns with South Africa on June 5 by then the Proteas would have already played two matches and they will be playing their third one against India.

Apart from the Proteas, hosts England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan would all have got two games out of the way by the time India plays its first match.

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Courtesy: PTI

If reports are to be believed India were supposed to play their first match on June 2 against Bangladesh but the schedule was tweaked after the all-powerful Indian cricket board requested the ICC to postpone India’s first match. The BCCI cited the guidelines of Lodha Committee to the ICC which states that India is supposed to play only after a 15-day recovery period.

For the record, the IPL final was held on May 12, so the recovery period would have ended on May 27, well in time for the June 2 match. But to be fair, according to the initial schedule, the final of IPL 12 was to be held on May 19. Fifteen days from then would have been June 3, so it would have fallen in that 15-day window. However, the dates of the tournament were revised to avoid clash with the general elections.

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