According to reports, most of the IPL-bound Australian players, barring a few key names, are going to make themselves available for Phase 2 of IPL 2021. The remainder of the IPL is set to resume from September 19 in UAE. The final of the tournament will take place on October 15.
As per Cricbuzz most Australian players, except the ones like Pat Cummins, who has declared his unavailability long back, are likely to star in the remainder of IPL 2021. Several players, who have pulled out of the West Indies and Bangladesh tour, may also make themselves available for the T20 league.
The development comes after the Australian men’s team’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch‘s remarks 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.
Around 20 Australian players are part of the IPL, of which nine players have been picked for the Australian team’s tours of West Indies and Bangladesh. However, players including Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams, who have withdrawn their names from the tours citing personal reasons, will possibly return in the tournament.
MadOverCricket understands that this move by the players may work in favor of the Australian team as they gear up for the forthcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, slated to take place in UAE and Oman just after the completion of the IPL. The tournament will serve as a good preparation opportunity for the players.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has assured the eight franchises that there will not be an absence of overseas players. BCCI is in talks with the other boards to allow their players to play in the unfinished tournament. Cricket West Indies has given a positive response as the board decided to shift the dates of the Caribbean Premier League to avoid the overlapping of the two tournaments. New Zealand is yet to respond. However, the England and Wales Cricket Board refused to dance to BCCI’s tunes and asserted that English players won’t participate in IPL. The board will give the final status report of the availability of overseas players to the franchises by July 15.