Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch has opined that it would be difficult for the IPL-bound Australian players to justify their return in the cash-rich league who had pulled out of the West Indies and Bangladesh tours. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to resume from September 19.
“This is only my personal opinion, I think they would find it hard to justify going back and playing that second half of the IPL purely based on the workload coming up with a T20 World Cup then a huge home summer,” Finch told SEN WA while speaking to Adam Gilchrist. “It’s a tough situation everyone has been put in but personally I’d find it hard to do that knowing how challenging it is mentally and on your family.”
Earlier, while Australian selectors were announcing a 15-members squad, seven key players decided to opt out of the preceding limited-overs tours to the West Indies and Bangladesh. Pat Cummins, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, and Marcus Stoinis have all pulled out of the series.
Aaron Finch added that to rest Pat Cummins and David Warner have been a long-term plan. He said that a long summer calendar last year that was followed by IPL can take a toll on the players. They also have the Ashes and the T20 World Cup lined up later this year. Additionally, Australia will also be without the services of allrounder Daniel Sams, who contracted Covid-19 in India just before the commencement of IPL in April, and Steve Smith, who had to be sidelined owing to his elbow injury.
“Pat Cummins and David Warner, that was a long-term plan for them that they weren’t going to go on this tour from the outset,” he said. “Having a big summer last year followed by IPL with a T20 World Cup and a view to the Ashes, guys who are playing three formats of the game it can be so brutal on them travelling and playing in bubbles.”
Although the unavailability of Warner and Cummins was expected, but withdrawing from the series by others was something Finch accepted he didn’t see coming.
“I was a little bit surprised [with the others]. I’ve chatted to them all. A little bit surprised but also understandable. I know from my own point of view has gone to the UK than all the way through the home summer, I know towards the end of that year I was absolutely cooked mentally. Almost when the season finished it’s a great relief so I can understand, but wish they were there.”
Australia is scheduled to fly to West Indies on June 28 for a limited-overs tour comprising five T20Is and three ODIs. They will then depart for Bangladesh for another white-ball series comprising five T20Is between August 2 and 10. However, the latter is not the waiting list of a final approval around the biosecure plans.