In a blow to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has pulled out of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
The 30-year old, who has been shuttling between various bio-bubbles since August last year, made the decision giving impetus to his national duties. He stated he needed to rest and refresh himself and prepare for the long winter ahead.
Hazelwood was to take off for India, along with the other Australian players featuring in this year’s IPL, to join his CSK team members. On the contrary, he would now be spending time with his family back home.
“It’s been a long 10 months in bubbles and quarantine at different times, so I decided to have a rest from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia in the next two months,” cricket.com.au quoted Josh Hazlewood as saying.
“We’ve got a big winter ahead too. The West Indies is going to be a long tour, with Bangladesh (T20 tour) potentially thrown at the end of that.
“Then potentially the T20 World Cup leading into the Ashes, so it’s a big 12 months, as it always is with Australia, and I want to give myself the best chance to be mentally and physically ready for that.
“That’s the decision I’ve made, and it sits pretty well with me,” he concluded.
He is the third Australian to forgo the IPL this year after Josh Philippe and Mitchell Marsh. Marsh, a key player of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), announced his decision to opt-out of the tournament this year, stating his inability to cope up with the extended bio-secure bubble ecosystem.
IPL is all set to commence on April 9, with the opening match being a blockbuster contest between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).