Putting an end to the waiting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for confirmation on the availability of Australian players in the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in UAE, Cricket Australia has finally given a green light to the BCCI. The board has cleared their players for playing in the unfinished tournament.
Along with Cricket Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had also given permission to their players for appearing in the IPL in UAE, the board has also now officially confirmed the same to the BCCI.
IPL COO Hemang Amin mediated the information from the BCCI to the IPL franchises, stating that the two boards have allowed the players to participate in the IPL till the completion of the tournament and left the choice to decide whether they want to participate or not.
“We have got a call from the IPL office and have been informed that the boards have no objection to their players’ participation. It is now up to the players,” Kasi Viswanathan of Chennai Super Kings told Cricbuzz. “Our Australian and English players (Jason Behrendorff, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali) are available,” the CEO of the franchise said. Chennai Super Kings landed with 12 players in Dubai on August 13. Punjab Kings’ Satish Menon also confirmed the information they received from the BCCI.
“We’ve been told of the clearance. Now the team manager will contact the players individually,” Punjab Kings CEO said. Three Australian players including Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, and Jhye Richardson, and two English players, Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan, are in the Punjab Kings’ ranks.
A total of 14 English and 20 Australians are recruited by different franchises for IPL 2021. Australian players including Dawid Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis (both of Delhi Capitals) have confirmed their availability to the franchises. England players including Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow (both of Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Eoin Morgan (Kolkata Knight Riders) have said that they will play for their franchises in the UAE.
Meanwhile, it is now understood that the England team will play without some of their first-choice players in their upcoming Twenty20 Internationals Pakistan tour, which will take place during IPL. The IPL will run from September 19 to October 15, while England’s matches against Pakistan will take place on October 13 and 14 in Rawalpindi.
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