IPL News: Australia’s white-ball cricket captain Aaron Finch has revealed that Cricket Australia will look at the matter involving Australian players’ participation in IPL 2021 in UAE individually.
The biggest question concerning every member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) right now is how to go ahead with the IPL 2021 restart in the UAE.
The board is yet to release a formal schedule of IPL but factoring in the packed international schedule, of India and the rest of the teams, September 15-19 is being seen as the most likely start date for the suspended IPL 2021 season. What has been confirmed by the BCCI is that the remainder of India’s cash-rich tournament will be moving to the UAE, while the matches will be contested at three venues; Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai.
Aaron Finch failed to attract a bid in IPL 2021 auction following an underwhelming campaign with the Royal Challengers Bangalore the previous year. But Australia’s limited-overs captain still takes interest in IPL. During an interview given to Sportstar, Finch said that he expects Cricket Australia to consider each players’ participation in IPl individually.
“I have honestly not thought about it. I would imagine it would be conducted on a case-by-case basis by Cricket Australia,” Finch said.
Australia’s players’ participation in IPl 2021 restart is under a serious threat due to Cricket Australia’s jam-packed schedule. Aussies are set to tour West Indies before the ICC Cricket World Cup, and there’s pressure growing on the board to keep its players fresh and injury-free for the T20 mega event.
“I don’t think the players themselves like resting from international cricket. But definitely, with the increased squad sizes due to COVID-19 bubbles, there are a lot of players on tours. So we will need to look at options to ensure these players are playing games,” the former RCB player added.
Australia will touch down at the Caribbean Islands on July 9 where Aaron Finch and Co will lock horns with the hosts West Indies in five T20Is and three ODIs, before arriving in Bangladesh for a five-game T20I series.
Pat Cummins has already pulled out of IPL 2021 citing a packed schedule and it’s being feared that some other Australian players could also follow the same path.
India’s marquee domestic T20 extravaganza is set to roll out in September in UAE. The remaining 31 games have to be completed in an 18-day window, meaning, there will be a lot more double-headers to squeeze the schedule in a limited time period.