Why Ashes 2019 was scheduled much later this year?

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    \The Ashes is a bilateral Test series between England and Australia. The Ashes schedule 2019 has already been announced for this year. The tournament usually takes place alternatively in both countries. In England, it is played in the summer i.e. June or July (this year August) and in Australia, it is played in the winter i.e. December onwards.

    Therefore, an Ashes series in England concludes in the same calendar year as it began in and in Australia, it concludes in the following calendar year. In England, it generally begins during late June or early July. However, for the first time ever, the series will be starting in August.

    The main reasons being the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the ICC ODI World Cup. The international calendar during the IPL season is empty as most of the players chose to play for their IPL franchise and also it attracts more crowd. Also, this time, the World Cup commenced a couple of weeks after the IPL. Due to this, there were no major bilateral Test series since the IPL started in March 2019.

    The IPL Final was played on 12 May 2019. 18 days later, the World Cup began with the Final scheduled on 14 July 2019. Usually, the Ashes series starts by this time, but it was not possible this year. Therefore, the Ashes 2019 is scheduled much later. With the Ashes going on, there sure has been a surge in live cricket score.

     

    Ashes 2019 schedule:

     

    Test No. Venue Date
    1 Edgbaston, Birmingham 01/08/2019 – 05/08/2019
    2 Lord’s, London 14/08/2019 – 18/08/2019
    3 Headingley, Leeds 22/08/2019 – 26/08/2019
    4 Old Trafford, Manchester 04/09/2019 – 08/09/2019
    5 Kennington Oval, London 12/09/2019 – 16/09/2019