Trevor Hohns, Australia chairman of selectors on Wednesday said he expects the country’s IPL players to forgo the high-profile T20 league’s remainder starting mid-September 2021 if a tri-series involving West Indies and Afghanistan is scheduled at the same time.
In addition to the white-ball series against West Indies and Bangladesh, for which an 18-member squad was announced on Wednesday, Australia is hoping to finalize a T20 tri-series with West Indies and Afghanistan just before the T20 World Cup which will be held in October-November.
Trevor Hohns Hopes Players Forego The IPL For Representing Australia If A Tri-Series Involving Them Is Scheduled At The Same Time
Should that tri-series go ahead, it might potentially clash with the final phase of the IPL which is expected to resume in the UAE from mid-September, and Trevor Hohns made it clear where Cricket Australia expected players’ priority to lie.
“Around that time of the year, I would certainly hope so (that players forego the IPL for national representation),” Hohns was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“However, it will certainly depend on their commitments and what we think they should be committing to regarding their Australian commitments at that time.”
Trevor Hohns, however, added that the matter “would have to be addressed in the future”.
“We haven’t looked at that yet and we haven’t heard from our players at this stage,” he said.
Trevor Hohns also hinted that there is no guarantee that some of the IPL returnees who have opted out of the squad for the white-ball tours of West Indies and Bangladesh would get an automatic spot in the T20 World Cup.
Seven cricketers — David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams — who recently played in the IPL have pulled out of the twin tours while Steve Smith has been rested to fully recover from an elbow complaint which flared during the IPL.
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The Aussies have included Dan Christian, Wes Agar, Ben McDermott, and Ashton Turner in the squad. Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Alex Carey, Moises Henriques, and Mitchell Swepson are also back in the white-ball squad having missed the recent series against New Zealand.
“That will be an interesting discussion for us, there’s no doubt about that, depending on performances in the West Indies particularly by some of the extra inclusions for this tour,” Hohns said.
He said it would have been ideal to have all the players together and play as a group and a squad (ahead of the World Cup).
“It is concerning … but unfortunately we can’t. However, we’ve got at least half of our (first-choice) squad going to the West Indies and Bangladesh, so a core group will be there, and they will be able to play together.”
Trevor Hohns also said prior to the finalization of the 18-man touring party for the West Indies and Bangladesh, the selectors were “pretty well down the track” in finalizing the squad they planned to take to the T20 World Cup.
“There may have been one or two positions up for grabs, but we virtually thought we were close to the mark or had a good idea of where we would be going with our T20 World Cup squad. We’re obviously disappointed they made themselves unavailable for this tour, but quite frankly we totally understand and respect their decisions,” Hohns said.
Trevor Hohns has made it clear where Cricket Australia expected players’ priority to lie.
Australia squad For West Indies And Bangladesh: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Riley Meredith, Ben McDermott, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.