England's Multi Format Players May Miss 2-Test Series Against New Zealand Due To IPL 2021 Knockouts
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England’s Multi Format Players May Miss 2-Test Series Against New Zealand Due To IPL 2021 Knockouts

Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer
Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer

England was dealt with a blow as some of their multi-format players including the likes of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Jos Buttler (all-Rajasthan Royals) could miss the two-Test series against New Zealand in June due to a clash with the knock-out phases of the IPL 2021.

Other players who could be missing in action for the series will be Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings), and Jonny Bairstow (SunRisers Hyderabad) according to a report in ESPNcricinfo.

England's Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, and Jos Buttler Of Rajasthan Royals (Image: Rajasthan Royals)
England’s Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, and Jos Buttler Of Rajasthan Royals (Image: Rajasthan Royals)

England’s Multi-Format Players Could Miss 2 Test Series Against New Zealand

Some of the other players who are a part of the auction, and could miss the tour are Mark Wood, Jason Roy, and Moeen Ali. The schedule, venues, and dates are yet to be finalized for the tournament this year.

21 England cricketers in the fray in IPL 2021 Mini Auction. They are  Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Liam Livingstone, David Willey, Ben Duckett, Liam Plunkett, Nayan Doshi, Lewis Gregory, Reece Topley, George Garton, Ravi Bopara.

The retained England Cricketers for IPL 2021 are Jofra Archer (RR), Ben Stokes (RR), Jos Buttler (RR), Eoin Morgan (KKR), Chris Jordan (KXIP), Sam Curran (KXIP), Jonny Bairstow (SRH), Chris Woakes (DC).
20 New Zealand cricketers to go under the hammer in IPL 2021. They are Glenn Phillips, Scott Kuggeleijn, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Corey Anderson, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Finn Allen, Colin De Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Jimmy Neesham, Neil Wagner, Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Josh Clarkson.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players Lockie Ferguson and Eoin Morgan. Credits: PTI Photo
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players Lockie Ferguson and Eoin Morgan. Credits: PTI Photo
The retained New Zealand cricketers for IPL 2021 are Mitchell Santner (CSK), Lockie Ferguson (KKR), Tim Seifert (KKR), Trent Boult (MI), Kane Williamson (SRH).

On Tuesday, the IPL management sent out an email to the franchises, listing out the availability of players from all the top countries.

“In the event of ECB Selectors wishing to select a player for the 1st Test v New Zealand whose franchise has made it through to the knockout stages of the Tournament, but who is not featuring in the starting XI, the relevant franchise is requested to release such player early so that they can participate in the Test Match,” the IPL email read.

England & New Zealand cricketers will be doubtful for the last two weeks of IPL 2021 since New Zealand is scheduled to tour England for two-match test series that starts from 2nd June.

IPL 2021 is likely to conclude in the first week of June and in all probability top English and Kiwi cricketers will not be available for the finals and the week before that. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is planning to reach England a minimum of two weeks in advance for the test series so that they can comply with the local quarantine norms.

South Africans Like Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Quinton De Kock, Faf Du Plessis, And Lungi NgidiMay Miss IPL Actions As Proteas Host Pakistan In April

The presence of some of the Protean stars could be impacted as they have a white-ball series against Pakistan in April when IPL 2021 will begin.

Chennai Super Kings & Delhi Capitals are the only IPL teams currently having two South African cricketers in their squad. Opening batsman Faf Du Plessis and paceman Lungi Ngidi are currently in the CSK squad and may miss out on the first few days of IPL 2021 and Delhi Capitals is concerned about their pace duo Kagiso Rabada & Anrich Nortje and has sought clarity from BCCI.

Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje compare notes BCCI
Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje compare notes BCCI

The likes of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, Delhi Capitals’ prominent pace partnership, along with batsmen Quinton de Kock (Mumbai Indians) and Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings) might miss a few weeks’ actions.

14 South African cricketers in the fray in the Mini Auction include Chris Morris, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Wayne Parnell, Beuran Hendricks, Hardus Viljoen, Andy Phehlukwayo, Daryn Dupavillon, Morne Morkel, Linde George, D.Pretorious, David Wiese, Gerald Coetzee, Marco Jansen, Jacques Snyman.

Retained South African cricketers for IPL 2021 are Faf Du Plessis (CSK), Lungi Ngidi (CSK), Kagiso Rabada (DC), Anrich Nortje (DC), Quinton De Kock (MI), David Miller (RR), AB De Villiers (RCB).

On the flip side, there is no issue pertaining to the availability of Australian players who would be available for the entire tournament. IPL Franchises are now looking for written assurances from BCCI that top players from South African, New Zealand, and England will be available for the full duration of IPL 2021.