Since the day the IPL 2021 resumption has been announced by the BCCI, various hurdles are coming in the way of its smooth resumption. The IPL 2021 is already struggling to get the participation of the foreign players & International boards. To add to the complexity is Cricket Australia’s plan to organize a T20 tri-series involving West Indies & Afghanistan in the month of October.
According to the sources, the CA is planning to organize a T20 tri-series during the period when IPL 2021 is planned to be resumed. Not only this but also Australia’s Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns expects that Australian players give priority to the T20 series & forgoes the participation in the high profile IPL 2021.
CA wants Australian Players to give priority to tri-series & forgo participation in the IPL 2021
If Australia conducts such tri-series during the IPL window then it will eliminate the participation of high profile cricketers from three countries i.e. Australia, West Indies & Afghanistan in the IPL 2021 Phase 2. Cricket Australia’s National Selector Trevor Hohns made it clear that he expects the Australian player to let go IPL 2021 & give more importance to National commitments first.
“Around that time of the year, I would certainly hope so (that players forego the IPL for national representation),” Hohns was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. This news comes as a major shock for the BCCI who is completely unaware of the planning of such tri-series. Speaking about it, one BCCI Official said, “We don’t have any information about this Tri-Series. We are sure these players will be available for IPL”.
Seven Australian players who played in the IPL 2021 in India such as David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams were not named in the twin tours squad announced for the Bangladesh & West Indies tours.
Talking about the matter, Hohn Trevor said, “ It will certainly depend on their commitments and what we think they should be committing to regarding their Australian commitments at that time. The matter Would have to be addressed in the future. We haven’t looked at that yet and we haven’t heard from our players at this stage“.
The Players who opted out of Australia’s limited-overs tours might not get a spot in the T20 World Cup Squad!
On a serious note, Trevor also hinted that there is no guarantee that the IPL bound Australian players who have opted out of the squad for the limited-overs tours of West Indies & Bangladesh would get a place in the T20 World Cup squad.
“That will be an interesting discussion for us, there’s no doubt about that, depending on performances in the West Indies particularly by some of the extra inclusions for this tour,” Hohns said.
Meanwhile, the BCB has refused to give NOC to their players Shakib-Al-Hasan & Mustafizur Rahman for the IPL 2021. Earlier ECB has declared that their players won’t be available for Phase 2 of the IPL. New Zealand & West Indies are yet to reply on this issue. Whether BCCI could get the participation of overseas players in Phase 2 of the IPL 2021 or the IPL 2021 will be resumed without the involvement of the foreign players is a wait & watch thing!
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