IPL 2021 Phase 2: “We can’t do much on the Unavailability of England Players”, says CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan

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The BCCI is leaving no stones unturned to conduct the Phase 2 of the IPL 2021 in September window. BCCI will also meet on Saturday to discuss the matter at the Special General Meeting.

If the IPL 2021 Phase 2 gets fixed to be conducted in the month of September in the UAE then franchises will have to play the matches without England Players. This will impact the teams with a majority of England players such as CSK, RR & KKR. However, CSK CEO Viswanathan is not so worried about the unavailability of England’s players. “If the players from England are not released, there is not much we can do. We would lose two important players. But nothing has come to us officially on player availability”, Kasi Viswanathan was quoted as saying to the media.

Earlier on Thursday ECB director Ashley Giles stated that the board will not adjust the schedule of its home series for the IPL 2021. England is scheduled to play with Bangladesh, followed by a Pakistan tour in September & October before the commencement of the T20 World Cup.

A sum of 12.5 crores of CSK has been invested in two crucial England Players i.e. Sam Curran & Moeen Ali. The importance of Sam Curran & Moeen Ali was quite evident from their performances in the IPL 2021. Playing at No.3 Moeen Ali has delivered good results for CSK. The all-rounder displayed a good show with the bat & brought up crucial runs on board. In six matches played he scored 206 runs at the strike rate of 157.25. He has also produced a good show with the ball by scalping five wickets at an economy rate of 6.16. Sam Curran has been an integral part of CSK’s bowling attack since his debut for the franchise in 2020. Curran has scalped nine wickets in seven matches played.

The BCCI will discuss the T20 World Cup, IPL 2021 Phase 2 & the domestic season in tomorrow’s Special General Meeting. The IPL Governing Council & the BCCI decided to postpone IPL 2021 due to rising COVID-19 cases among the players & support staff in the bio-bubbles.

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