IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils’ Pat Cummins To Meet Cricket Australia To Discuss IPL Participation
Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins is all set to meet Cricket Australia after the conclusion of the ongoing T20 series against Sri Lanka to discuss his participation in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The injury-prone bowler, who has endured a miserable run of injuries since making his international debut in 2011, has been signed by IPL outfit Delhi Daredevils for a whopping INR 4.5 Crore. However, given his injury track record, speculations are rife that Cricket Australia can advise him to not play in the lucrative league. The 23-year old, whose last Sheffield Sheild appearance came almost six years ago, has recently returned to the international stage in the limited overs formats after recovering from a stress-fracture.
But Cummins’ manager, Neil Maxwell, said his client was fine to play in the IPL.
“We haven’t heard anything from Cricket Australia,” he told The Age on Tuesday (February 21). “Obviously, (I) am keen to work with them but, at the same time, we, obviously, would want to understand what the plans are. Cricket Australia have constantly pushed that players are choosing to play in their own leave time, so I assume that would be Pat’s choice at the end of the day.
“It comes down to a number of factors – health and well-being, fitness levels and there is a commercial element there as well.
“But if it is going to be raised, it would have been nice to have been raised before he was given an auction price….because it would hurt a lot more to be pulling out,” he added.
Maxwell also said the pacer is all set to play his first Shield match since March 2011 in the coming months.
“Cricket Australia have played him in every game for the One-Dayers apart from the Test matches and they are gearing him up for a shield game,” he said.
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