IPL 2021: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to resume the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) possibly during this year’s September-October window. However, an official announcement on the complete IPL new schedule is yet to come, the tentative plans suggest that the remaining 31 matches could be played between September 18 or 19 to October 10 in the UAE. But the BCCI also has to ensure whether the overseas players from different countries will be available during the September-October window or not.
The Australian national team has a pretty busy cricketing calendar in 2021 with tours to West Indies and Bangladesh lined up before the T20 World Cup. Australia is scheduled to tour West Indies in order to play 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs in July and then the Men in Yellow will travel to Bangladesh for a five-match T20I series in August. Therefore, after spending nearly two months in multiple bio-bubbles, Australian players are likely to pull out for the remainder of the IPL 2021 season. Also, there is a possibility that Cricket Australia (CA) would not want to risk their players and keep them fresh for the important T20 World Cup.
List of Australian Cricketers part of IPL 2021
Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders); Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Daniel Sams (Royal Challengers Bangalore); Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis (Delhi Capitals); Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith and Moises Henriques (Punjab Kings); David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad); Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals); Jason Behrendorff (Chennai Super Kings).
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Director of Cricket Ashley Giles had recently released a statement where he clearly mentioned that the English players have a pretty busy schedule lined up for their necessary preparations for the T20 World Cup and thus, their players won’t be able to take part in the second leg of IPL 2021. The absence of both the Australian as well as England players will be a huge setback for the IPL because many teams are quite dependent on their overseas cricketers. However, there could be a possibility that the key players from Australia, England and New Zealand would want to play the IPL instead of international cricket as the former might give them a better preparation for the T20 World Cup.
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