The BCCI is looking forward to resuming the IPL 2021 in UAE in the September-October window. But the major concern for the BCCI & the franchisees is the availability of the foreign players, like KKR pacer Pat Cummins, would be available for the rest of the IPL 2021 in the UAE or not.
Sources close to KKR pacer Pat Cummins have confirmed that a final decision on his availability is yet to be taken as he has just come out of Quarantine after arriving in Australia on May 17.
“We don’t know yet. Pat Cummins just came out of quarantine & we are catching up with him to talk about the weeks & months ahead. No decision regarding his participation in the IPL 2021 is taken yet”, a source close to Pat Cummins told to the ANI.
Pat Cummins got out of his mandatory quarantine on Monday & he has linked up with his family. The IPL 2021 was suspended on May 4 & then the pacer along with the entire Australian contingent headed to the Maldives & spent further 14 days in Quarantine after reaching Sydney.
Earlier according to the reports in the Sydney Morning Herald Pat Cummins had already made it clear that he would not be participating in the reaming matches of the IPL, however, no reason was given behind his decision.
“David Warner & pat Cummins could be rested from the West Indies tour because of family reasons-others could follow after a draining year in several bubbles- and Cummins, despite a multi-million dollar IPL contract, has already said that he will not return to the remaining IPL 2021 matches this season”, stated the report.
ECB Managing Director Ashley Giles had clearly said that the ECB is not planning to change its schedule for the completion of the IPL 2021. “We are going to have to give some of these players a break at some point in time. But the intention of giving players a break for say, Bangladesh, wouldn’t be for them to go & play cricket elsewhere”, ESPNcricinfo had quoted Giles as saying.
“We have to manage our schedule now, so we get our guys arriving in the best shape possible for the T20 World Cup & the Ashes”, he added in his statement.
The BCCI on Saturday announced that it will complete the remaining matches of the IPL 2021 in the UAE. In an official release, the BCCI said that the decision to move the IPL 2021 to UAE has been taken considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October.
The decision of conducting the remaining IPL 2021 in the UAE was taken at a Special General Meeting held virtually on Saturday where the members of the Board agreed to resume the IPL 2021 in the UAE.