Even before the start of the tenth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) the list of players to skip the tournament has grown to 16. Yes, even more than last year!
A few of the foreign players had backed out from the tournament keeping in mind the Champions Trophy which starts just after IPL whereas other players, mostly Indians, have been ruled out as they failed to carry the workload of the long home season.
Rahane is probably the only Indian player who was part of the long home season in Test and limited overs series and is still playing IPL, at the time of writing.
The number of growing injuries has given concern to the franchises and now they are looking for replacements.
The tenth edition of IPL starts from April 5 with defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad taking on finalist of last year’s tournament Royal Challengers Bangalore at their home ground in Hyderabad. RCB will miss out on the services of their skipper Virat Kohli and it will be Shane Watson who will lead the team.
Here is the list of players who will skip the upcoming edition of T20 league –
|Kevin Pietersen||Rising Pune Supergiant (released)||Complete duration|
|Mitchell Starc||Royal Challengers Bangalore (rest)||Complete tournament|
|Mitchell Marsh||Rising Pune Supergiant (injured)||Complete tournament|
|JP Duminy||Delhi Daredevils (personal reason)||Complete tournament|
|Quinton de Kock||Delhi Daredevils (inured)||Complete tournament|
|Virat Kohli||Royal Challengers Bangalore (injured)||First two weeks|
|KL Rahul||Royal Challengers Bangalore (injured)||Complete tournament|
|Murali Vijay||Kings XI Punjab (injured)||Complete tournament|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||Rising Pune Supergiant (injured)||Complete tournament|
|Angelo Matthews||Delhi Daredevils (injured)||Initial phase|
|AB de Villiers||Royal Challengers Bangalore (injured)||First week|
|Sarfaraz Khan||Royal Challengers Bangalore (injured)||Complete tournament|
|Shreyas Iyer||Delhi Daredevils (Sick)||Initial phase|
|Umesh Yadav||Kolkata Knight Riders (rest)||Initial phase|
|Ravindra Jadeja||Gujarat Lions (rest)||Initial phase|
|Dwayne Bravo||Gujarat Lions (injured)||Initial phase|