The remaining matches of the 14th season of the India Premier League, the much-loved T20 league of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, are to be organized next month. It is to be done in the UAE between September 19 and October 15. Immediately after this, the ICC T20 World Cup is to be organized. UAE has also been chosen as the venue of this tournament hosted by India.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has described IPL as a great opportunity for any team to prepare for the World Cup. Ponting, who is playing the role of Delhi Capitals head coach in the IPL, feels that the way Australias big players have been sitting out for the last several months, there can be no better preparation for them than in the IPL.
Talking to Cricket Australia, Ponting said, "Players who havent played cricket for the last three, four or five months, now they have to get back into the rhythm of high-level cricket that too where the best player in the world is faced. So there is no doubt that it will be the best preparation for the team in this situation to play perhaps the strongest domestic T20 tournament in the world."
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins is currently on leave. Taking a break from the tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh, he thought it better to give time to his family. He is being told that he is going to become a father and for this reason, he will not be able to be a part of IPL. He said, “The second half of this season is going to be really very difficult. We will see how the game goes, it may be difficult at this time but it is the right time to go straight into the World Cup then It would be good to enter that tournament."