IPL 2021: Pat Cummins Gives an Update on his Availability for IPL Phase 2 in UAE
Updated on: Aug 3, 2021 5:54 pm IST
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently announced the complete timetable for the second phase of IPL 2021. Five-time champions Mumbai Indians will face Chennai Super Kings in what will be the 30th match of the season. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the rest of the league fixtures and the playoffs, with Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah being the three venues. The final of the marquee tournament will take place on October 15 in Dubai.
Pat Cummins is doubtful for the second phase of IPL 2021 in the UAE.
The second phase of the IPL 2021 is officially scheduled to resume on September 19 in the UAE. The availability of overseas players over the past few weeks has become the main headline.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ pacer spearhead Pat Cummins is doubtful for the tournament as his wife Becky Boston is pregnant and their baby is due during the marquee tournament itself
During the Live Q&A session on his Youtube channel, Pat Cummins said that he’s yet to take an official call on his availability for the IPL but his participation is doubtful for the UAE leg of the tournament as his wife is expecting a baby and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 makes it tough for him.
“Unfortunately, at this stage, I probably won’t be going to the IPL. I haven’t made an official call on it. But my partner is pregnant and our baby is due in the middle of the IPL. At the moment, there is a travel restriction to get back to Australia, you got to do 2 weeks quarantine. There is probably going to be some days quarantine going to UAE. So for the second half this season it’s going to be really tough to get over there,” Pat Cummins said.
IPL 2021: Pat Cummins was the leading wicket taker for KKR in the first half of the IPL
Pat Cummins was the mainstay for Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowling line-up during the first phase of the IPL 2021. The right-arm pacer took nine wickets in the seven matches he played and also made some valuable contributions with the bat, scoring 93 runs so far in five innings at a strike rate of 166.07. The Australian pacer almost won the game for his side with the bat against CSK with an unbeaten 66 but didn’t get support from the other end which resulted in defeat for his side.