What comes as a major relief for the IPL franchises is the availability of New Zealand players for the second phase of the IPL 2021 slated to be played in the UAE.
According to the reports, New Zealand Cricket would release IPL bound players for the IPL 2021 despite the plans of playing a limited-overs series against Pakistan.
“That is what we have been told. The NZC will release the IPL players,” said a franchise official. Kane Williamson (SRH), Tim Seifert (KKR), Lockie Ferguson (KKR), James Neesham (MI), Trent Boult (MI), Adam Milne (MI), Kyle Jamieson (RCB), and Mitchell Santner (CSK) are the eight New Zealand cricketers who will be taking part in the second phase of IPL 2021. New Zealand is scheduled to play three ODIs and five T20Is against Pakistan starting on September 11.
Meanwhile, the BCCI is still awaiting confirmation from Cricket Australia about the availability of their players for IPL 2021. According to the reports from Cricbuzz, the BCCI informed the franchises that they would soon get updates about Australian players by August 10.
Though there is clarity about the participation of players from other countries, there are still doubts among the franchises about the availability of the Australian cricketers. The availability of Australian players is in doubt as Cricket Australia is planning to conduct a tri-series involving West Indies & Afghanistan later in October this year. The tri-series was initially scheduled to be hosted by Afghanistan in India as a build-up for the T20 World Cup.
But with the situation rapidly changing at this stage, neither Cricket West Indies (CWI) nor the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has confirmed if they will participate in the series. Further Cricket West Indies has announced that all of its players will participate in the IPL 2021 which further puts Australia’s tri-series plan in jeopardy.
Earlier this week, BCCI confirmed the availability of England’s players in the second phase of the IPL 2021. After the conclusion of India vs England five-match test series, the England players will fly to the UAE for IPL 2021 in the same charter plane as the Indian players.