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IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg
IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg.

IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg

IPL 2021 has been facing a different scenario so far as the tournament was suspended midway in April and the resumption is set to take place in a few day’s time. With the T20I World Cup set to take place in UAE straightway after the IPL 2021 gets over, the players have been looking at the tight schedule ahead and have opted out of the cash-rich league.

Injuries often see player pullouts in the IPL. But when players register their name in the auction and then fail to honor their contract without injuries, it becomes a problem for the franchises. A total of 64 foreign players are allowed in IPL and in IPL 2021, 17 of them have withdrawn, dealing a blow to both BCCI and the franchises.

IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg

Adam Zampa (RCB)

Royal Challengers Bangalore leg-spinner Adam Zampa was thinking about his mental health before pulling out of IPL 2021. (Source: Twitter)Royal Challengers Bangalore leg-spinner Adam Zampa was thinking about his mental health before pulling out of IPL 2021. (Source: Twitter)

One of the first players to pull out midway through IPL 2021 was Australian spinner Adam Zampa. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player pulled out citing bubble fatigue amid the second wave of COVID-19 in India in May. In phase 1, Adam Zampa didn’t feature in any match. Royal Challengers Bangalore have roped in Sri Lanka’s spin all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga for the 2nd phase of IPL 2021. He has replaced leg-spinner Adam Zampa.

Adam Zampa was one of the few players who had withdrawn from IPL 2021 before the season was suspended. He has been named in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad.

Adam Zampa has picked 21 scalps in 14 IPL games averaging 17.61 including a 6 wicket haul in his debut season in 2016. He played in IPL 2016, 2017 and 2020. His career-best figures of 6/19 for Rising Pune Supergiants against Sunrisers Hyderabad is 3rd best figure ever in IPL history.

Daniel Sams (RCB)

Daniel Sams 
Daniel Sams Image Source: Twitter

Another RCB player to pull out was Daniel Sams. The Australian played two matches in the IPL 2021 after spending 14 days in isolation after contracting COVID-19 upon reaching India. But he didn’t want to come back and pulled out ahead of Phase 2.

He played 5 IPL games scoring only 6 runs and picking up a solitary scalp and didn’t have an impact as expected. Delhi Capitals brought Daniel Sams to their squad for IPL 2020 as a replacement for an injured Jason Roy and he played for RCB in IPL 2021.

Daniel Sams, who was traded to the RCB this season from Delhi Capitals, was the second player of the franchise to recover from COVID-19. Opener Devdutt Padikkal, who was the highest run-scorer for RCB last season with 473 runs from 15 matches, had earlier recovered from the dreaded disease and joined the team after returning negative.

Mitchell Marsh (SRH)

Mitchell Marsh winces in pain BCCI
Mitchell Marsh. Image Credits: BCCI

Australian Mitchell Marsh was the first player to pull out of IPL 2021 even before the tournament began. Retained for the 14th edition of IPL, SRH looked for consistency in batting and roped in Mitchell Marsh in the IPL 2020 auctions but he pulled out next season citing bubble fatigue after getting injured in 2020.

Mitchell Marsh played 21 IPL games scoring 225 runs averaging 17.3 and picking 20 scalps averaging 21 with the ball. He played only 1 IPL game in 2020 where he failed to make an impact. Last year, Mitchell Marsh was not able to play the entire tournament for SunRisers Hyderabad as he was ruled out with an ankle injury mid-season. He was ruled out after suffering an ankle injury in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Josh Philippe (RCB)

Australia's keeper Josh Philippe will be unvailable for RCB during IPL 2021 (Courtesy of BCCI)
Australia’s keeper Josh Philippe will be unavailable for RCB during IPL 2021 (Courtesy of BCCI)

RCB have had a long list of pull outs and Australian youngster Josh Philippe was one of them. He too informed the franchise that he won’t be available for the IPL 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore had signed explosive New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Finn Allen as a replacement for Josh Philippe.

Finn Allen has a career T20 strike rate of over 180. Josh Philippe, who made his debut for RCB in IPL 2020 in the UAE, made himself unavailable for the whole of the upcoming season.  He played 5 matches for RCB in IPL 2020 managing 78 runs averaging 19.5.

Regarded as one of the brightest batting prospects in Australia, particularly in limited-overs cricket, wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe was given his first taste of the international set-up for the 2020 tour of England which took place amid the Covid-19 pandemic. To date, he has played 3 ODIs and 10 T20Is for Australia.

Ben Stokes (RR)

Ben StokesBen Stokes. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ben Stokes played just one match for RR in IPL 2021 before injuring his finger. He returned to England after the match and since then has been recovering from the injury. However, the all-rounder decided to take an indefinite break from cricket citing mental health, and decided not to return for IPL 2021.

England and Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes is unlikely to take part in the second leg of the Indian Premier League 2021. Ben Stokes had announced an indefinite break from cricket last month, intending to focus on his mental health. The all-rounder had spent considerable time away from family and in bio-secure environments with the England team.

Ben Stokes was a part of the Royals set up in the first half of the IPL before he broke his finger in a fixture against Punjab Kings while fielding in the deep. Having been ruled out ever since from all cricketing action, he returned to lead England to a 3-0 ODI win over Pakistan after Covid-19 struck the home camp, ruling out four players including skipper Eoin Morgan. Ben Stokes, however, did not participate in the T20I series that followed and revealed his decision soon after.

Jos Buttler (RR)

Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in action | Sportzpics for BCCI / Pankaj Nangia
Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in action | Sportzpics for BCCI / Pankaj Nangia

Another Rajasthan Royals player to pull out was Jos Buttler. The England opener played the entire IPL 2021 phase 1 but decided against returning for Phase 2 citing bubble fatigue.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler hit the top gear against Sunrisers Hyderabad by smashing 124 off 64 balls in an IPL 2021 match. RR opener Jos Buttler wasn’t at his usual best before he came to his own with a scintillating 124 versus Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), just a few days before BCCI suspended the tournament due to Covid-19 threat.

He had scored 328 runs in the IPL 2020 and 254 runs in 7 games in the IPL 2021 averaging 36.28. While he had to leave IPL 2019 midway to join the England team for the World Cup 2019 preparations, he made an impact during his eight-game stint, scoring 311 runs, following his 548-run season in IPL 2018 where he averaged 54.8.

Liam Livingstone (RR)

Liam Livingstone Instagram
Liam Livingstone Instagram

Liam Livingstone left IPL 2021 midway through the season amid the second wave of COVID-19 in India. The England batsman although will be returning for Phase 2. In a major boost to Rajasthan Royals, English all-rounder Liam Livingstone is all set to be available for the second phase of IPL 2021 which will resume from Sep 19 onwards.

After three English players Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, and Chris Woakes pulled out of IPL 2021 there were question marks of Liam Livingstone’s availability for IPL. However, Rajasthan Royals confirmed that Liam Livingstone will be featuring in the second phase of the cash-rich league.

Rajasthan Royals though have been dealt with a massive blow as in-form batsman Liam Livingstone is likely to miss the first few games of the second phase of IPL 2021 due to injury.

Dawid Malan (PBKS)

Dawid Malan File Photo
Dawid Malan File Photo

It is difficult to term Dawid Malan’s pull out other than plain and simple revenge. After Virat Kohli-led India decided not to play the 5th Test amid the COVID-19 outbreak inside India’s camp, Dawid Malan pulled out at the last moment, annoying Punjab Kings.

Dawid Malan was picked by the Punjab Kings in the 2021 auction for a price tag of INR 1.5 crores and it will be the lefthander’s debut IPL season. He played only 1 game scoring 26 runs.

Jonny Bairstow (SRH)

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow of SRH (Photo Source: Twitter)

Another last-minute pullout came from SRH’s top-scorer Jonny Bairstow and it is believed that he too followed similar instincts as Dawid Malan, dealing an ailing SRH a heavy blow. Jonny Bairstow had a brilliant debut IPL season in 2019 scoring 445 runs that included a century while opening the batting with David Warner. He had amassed 1038 runs in 28 IPL games averaging 41.52.

Sunrisers Hyderabad have roped in West Indies batsman Sherfane Rutherford for the remainder of IPL 2021. The middle-order batsman from the West Indies comes in as a replacement for opener Jonny Bairstow. Notably, SRH has had a disastrous campaign so far winning only one of the seven games in the first phase of IPL 2021, and are currently placed at the bottom of the table.

Chris Woakes (DC)

Chris Woakes | Delhi Capitals
Chris Woakes | Delhi Capitals

Amongst the three players, Delhi Capitals’ Chris Woakes is the other England player to announce his pull-out at the 11th hour. The England pacer gave no reason behind the opt-out. Chris Woakes played just two matches in Phase 1 due to injury.

Chris Woakes did not feature in IPL 2020 but Delhi Capitals retained the England cricketer for the IPL 2021. He scored 15 runs and picked up 5 scalps in 3 games before IPL 2021 was suspended due to Covid-19. Overall, he has 30 scalps in 21 matches averaging 21.93, and scored 78 runs playing IPL 2017,2018, and 2021.

Andrew Tye (RR)

Andrew Tye has flown back home from IPL.
Andrew Tye has flown back home from IPL. Photo: BCCI

After returning midway through IPL 2021 Phase 1, Australian pacer Andrew Tye informed RR that he won’t be returning for Phase 2 due to bubble fatigue. Andrew Tye, who had first joined RR in 2020, wasn’t a regular for RR but was one of the overseas options that RR could have considered.

The Purple Cap winner of IPL 2018, Andrew Tye only played 6 matches for Punjab Kings(then KXIP) in 2019. He moved to RR at his base price of Rs 1 crore. He only played one match in IPL 2020 in UAE. He went for 50 runs and scalped one wicket in the fixture and despite that fact, he was retained by the franchise.

Kane Richardson (RCB)

Kane Richardson. (Image Source: Twitter)
Kane Richardson. (Image Source: Twitter)

After playing Phase 1 of IPL, the Australian all-rounder Kane Richardson decided against returning for Phase 2. He had also opted out of Australia’s tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh. Signed by the Pune Warriors India for IPL 2013, he had the opportunity to sharpen his skills with the legendary Allan Donald.

He was then inducted into the Rajasthan Royals side in the 2014 auction, followed by RCB in IPL 2016. The fourteenth edition of the league will be his second stint with the RCB. He played 1 IPL game in 2021 picking a solitary scalp.

Pat Cummins (KKR)

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]
KKR’s star pacer and Australia’s vice-captain Pat Cummins was the first confirmed pullout of Phase 2. The star opted out to be with his partner who is expecting their first child. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have signed Tim Southee for the remaining 31 games of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Pat Cummins, who was signed for Rs. 15.5 crores for IPL 2020 season, has been a key member of their side, and this season he played all their seven games, taking nine wickets and scoring 93 runs, including a career-best 66 not out against Chennai Super Kings. Pat Cummins picked 12 wickets in 14 games that included a 4-wicket haul in the 2020 IPL season. He bowled well in IPL 2021 picking 9 scalps in 7 games averaging 26.33 besides scoring 93 runs averaging 31.

Jhye Richardson (Image Credit: Twitter)
Jhye Richardson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Riley Meredith (PBKS)

Riley Meredith is excited to be part of the IPL | PBKS Instagram
Riley Meredith is excited to be part of the IPL | PBKS Instagram

The other PBKS pacer to pull out is Riley Meredith. The Australian star also featured in Phase 1 and has missed Australia’s tours while also opting out of Phase 2. The right-arm pacer from Tasmania is capable of clocking 140 kmph very consistently and has proved his worth in the domestic circuit.

He made his T20 debut against New Zealand in 2021 and debuted in the IPL after the Punjab Kings won the bidding war, eventually acquiring the Aussie pacer for INR 8 Cr. He picked 4 scalps in 5 IPL games.

Finn Allen (RCB)

Finn Allen IPL 2021
Finn Allen IPL 2021

The New Zealander Finn Allen came as a replacement player for Josh Philippe and spent the first half of IPL on the bench. But he has informed the franchise that he won’t be returning and Tim David has been roped in as a replacement.

Henry, with 78 wickets in 43 ODIs, is part of Kiwi's 15-man ICC Men's Cricket World Cup squad. (Photo:AFP)
Matt Henry (Photo: AFP)
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Matt Henry Joins New Zealand Team For Bangladesh Tour As Finn Allen’s Replacement For T20Is

Matt Henry, a New Zealand fast bowler will join up with his national side teammates in Dhaka as the replacement for Finn Allen for the upcoming five-match T20I series, starting on September 1.

Matt Henry comes in after Finn Allen tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Dhaka. Though a replacement has been named, Finn Allen will stay on with the New Zealand squad and be constantly monitored by the team doctor Pat McHugh.

Matt Henry © Getty
Matt Henry © Getty Images.

Matt Henry Isn’t A Like For Like Replacement For Finn Allen But Expands Selection Options: Gary Stead

Matt Henry was initially only part of the squad that was to play three ODIs and five T20Is in Pakistan, starting September 17, but will now leave from New Zealand on August 30 to join the national side in Bangladesh as well.

“Matt’s clearly not a like-for-like replacement for Finn, but he expands our selection options and, in the current circumstances, is the best equipped to join the side at such short notice,” said head coach Gary Stead.

Finn Allen Twitter
Finn Allen Twitter

Matt Henry played a test against England recently in June and he hasn’t been a limited-overs specialist always. The right-arm fast bowler has played just the 6 T20 internationals so far for New Zealand picking up 7 wickets at an economy rate of 8.68. However, his good form in other formats might help him for the T20I series against Bangladesh. Matt Henry last made a T20I appearance four years ago in Napier, also against Bangladesh.

Gary Stead: New Zealand Opted Against Calling Up Any Of The Players In The UK

The decision to send Matt Henry on short notice also had to do with the fact that he has already been vaccinated twice for Covid-19, and has a managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) bed allocated for his return. Gary Stead also said he didn’t consider players currently in the UK due to the seven-day isolation period they would face on arrival into Dhaka.

“And, in the current environment, we remain mindful of the need to carefully balance player workloads,” he said. “We’re not prepared to risk anyone’s well-being by asking them to commit to extremely long periods away from home.”

Gary Stead PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES.
Gary Stead PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES.

Gary Stead said Finn Allen had improved in recent days and there remained hope that he could be available for the later matches against Bangladesh. Matt Henry has played just six T20Is in his career with his last outing coming in 2017. The first match of the series against Bangladesh is on September 1.

Matt Henry has also picked 98 scalps in 55 ODIs and 37 scalps in 14 Tests. Finn Allen has played only 3 T20Is managing 88 runs.

Tim David (Image Source: timdavid8- Instagram)
Tim David (Image Source: timdavid8- Instagram)
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Royal Challengers Bangalore Strengthened Middle-Order With An Addition Of Tim David

Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach named the team’s power player ahead of the resumption of IPL 2021 in UAE. RCB has signed three players ahead of the UAE leg.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) boast one of the most formidable batting line-ups in the Indian Premier League (IPL). While they have skipper Virat Kohli and the talented Devdutt Padikkal on top, the presence of Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers in the middle-order makes RCB a daunting opposition to face for any bowling line-up.

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Image Credit: Twitter)

Royal Challengers Bangalore Decided To Strengthen Middle Order With Finn Allen Leaving: Mike Hesson

Both AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell are known for their attacking style of batting and possess the ability to single-handedly destroy the best of bowling attacks on their day. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s middle-order has been strengthened further ahead of the resumption of IPL 2021 in UAE with the addition of batsman Tim David.

RCB head coach Mike Hesson believes Tim David is a power player and can be a direct replacement for the likes of AB de Villiers and Maxwell in the squad when required. Australian batsman Tim David, who plays for Singapore, has so far scored 558 runs in 15 T20Is at an impressive strike rate of 158.42. He also has 1186 runs to his name in 50 T20 matches at 155.84 including six half-centuries.

Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera and Tim David
Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, and Tim David. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

“With Finn Allen leaving, we have decided to strengthen our middle-order possibilities, in terms of options, so Tim David has joined our squad. He is currently part of the Southern Brave [at the Hundred], he has been performing for Surrey and also Hobart Hurricanes in recent times – a power player. He could become a direct swap for either [Glenn] Maxwell or AB de Villiers if required, also gives us other options throughout the order,” said Hesson.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has roped in three players ahead of the start of the second leg of IPL 2021 in UAE. They signed Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga as a replacement for Adam Zampa while Dushmantha Chameera and Tim David will replace Daniel Sams and Finn Allen respectively.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Won 5 Of Their First 7 Games In IPL 2021

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made a brilliant start to the new season as they won five out of their first seven matches in the first phase of the tournament in India earlier this year. The Virat Kohli-led side will be looking to secure a few more wins and book a spot in the top four for the second straight season in the UAE this year. With the additions of the new players, RCB has become one of the favourites for the title this year.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Finn Allen is part of the T20I and ODI squads for the tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan. While the Bangladesh tour concludes well before the IPL resumes, the Pakistan tour clashes directly with the cash-rich league. RCB will resume their IPL 2021 campaign in the UAE on September 20 with the game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). RCB has won 5 games out of their first 7 matches losing only to Punjab and Chennai.

RCB won against Mumbai Indians (2 wickets), Sunrisers Hyderabad (6 runs),  Kolkata Knight Riders (38 runs), Rajasthan Royals (10 wickets), Delhi Capitals (1 run), and lost to Chennai Super Kings (69 runs) and Punjab Kings (34 runs) before IPL 2021 was suspended.

The second phase of the 14th edition of IPL will feature a Singapore cricketer for the first time as Royal Challengers Bangalore have roped in freelance T20 sensation Tim David, who has made a name for himself across leagues in the world.  While he is of Australian descent, the 6 feet 5 inches tall Tim David currently plays international cricket for Singapore and he brings with him a novelty factor in Virat Kohli’s team.

Since ICC has accorded T20 International status to all its 106 member nations, Tim David has played 14 T20 Internationals with 558 runs in his kitty at a strike rate of 158 plus. Overall, he has played 49 T20 games, factoring in his appearances in the BBL and PSL with a tally of 1171 runs at a strike rate of 155 plus.

Royal Challengers Bangalore. Image Credits: Twitter
Royal Challengers Bangalore. Image Credits: Twitter
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RCB Signed Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, And Tim David For IPL 2021 Replacements

RCB has signed the Sri Lanka duo of Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera for the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The franchise has also signed Singapore batsman Tim David who keeps impressing in the other global T20 leagues with his hitting prowess. The shuffle in the RCB squad comes after Australia players Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, and Daniel Sams have decided not to travel for the IPL.

Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera and Tim David
Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, and Tim David. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Royal Challengers Bangalore Picks The Sri Lankan Duo Of Wanindu Hasaranga And Dushmantha Chameera As Replacement Players

The IPL contract is the reward for both Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera for their impressive performances at the international level. Even as Sri Lanka lost all the games in England, the two players were on top of their game and the same continued when they hosted India for three ODIs and as many T20Is in July.

RCB- Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB- Royal Challengers Bangalore (Image Credit: Twitter)

Wanindu Hasaranga was brilliant in the T20I series against India picking eight wickets and also played an important role with the bat in the last two matches to help Sri Lanka clinch the series. Dushmantha Chameera, on the other hand, didn’t have expected numbers to show but he made the ball talk all the time and impressed the India head coach on the tour Rahul Dravid with his bowling.

Wanindu Hasaranga, the legspinner, and lower-order hitter was impressive in India’s series against Sri Lanka picking up 7 wickets from 3 matches to be Man of the Series.

Tim David Is A T20 Specialist Representing Singapore

Meanwhile, Tim David is the specialist when it comes to T20 cricket. In 49 matches, he has scored 1171 runs at a brilliant strike rate of 155. He has played 14 T20I games for Singapore and scored 558 runs averaging 46.5.

The reason why RCB had to pick the duo of Dushmantha Chameera and Tim David in the line-up was the unavailability of the New Zealand players Finn Allen and Scott Kuggeleijn. Finn Allen is part of the T20I and ODI squads for the tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan. While the Bangladesh tour concludes well before the IPL resumes, the Pakistan tour clashes directly with the cash-rich league.

Finn Allen Twitter
Finn Allen Twitter

Scott Kuggeleijn, meanwhile, is only part of the T20 squad on both tours and will also miss the IPL for the same reason. RCB will resume their IPL 2021 campaign in the UAE on September 20 with the game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). RCB has won 5 games out of their first 7 matches losing only to Punjab and Chennai.

RCB won against Mumbai Indians (2 wickets), Sunrisers Hyderabad (6 runs),  Kolkata Knight Riders (38 runs), Rajasthan Royals (10 wickets), Delhi Capitals (1 run), and lost to Chennai Super Kings (69 runs) and Punjab Kings (34 runs) before IPL 2021 was suspended.

New Zealand Cricket Team
New Zealand Cricket Team-AFP
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New Zealand Cricket Confirms Kane Williamson, James Neesham, And Lockie Ferguson Will Feature In The IPL 2021 2nd Phase

New Zealand Cricket’s (NZC) chief David White has confirmed the participation of New Zealand cricketers in the upcoming second phase of IPL 2021. Over the last few days, there have been several speculations on this topic, given that the Kiwis are to tour Pakistan in the September-October window.

With this tour clashing with the recently released schedule for the second phase of IPL 2021, many opined that the likes of Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, James Neesham, and others would not take part in the elite T20 tournament.

Kane Williamson of Sunrisers Hyderabad
Kane Williamson of Sunrisers Hyderabad

New Zealand Cricket Confirms Kane Williamson, James Neesham, And Lockie Ferguson Will Feature In The IPL 2021 2nd Phase

Further doubts were raised about their availability after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) requested two additional T20I matches apart from the already planned three ODIs and three T20Is. However, David White stated that these cricketers would give precedence to the IPL to be played in the UAE, the same place where the upcoming T20 World Cup will be held.

“New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, James Neesham, and Lockie Ferguson will feature in the second phase of the IPL 2021 in the UAE,” David White said as quoted by GeoTV.

New Zealand Cricketers In IPL 2021 (Picture Credit: BCCI/IPL)
New Zealand Cricketers In IPL 2021 (Picture Credit: BCCI/IPL)

New Zealand Players in IPL 2021: Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Adam Milne (Mumbai Indians), Trent Boult (Mumbai Indians), Mitchell Santner (Chennai Super Kings), Lockie Ferguson (Kolkata Knight Riders), Tim Seifert (Kolkata Knight Riders), Finn Allen (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Kyle Jamieson (Royal Challengers Bangalore).

The IPL bound players include the likes of Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Kane Williamson, Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Seifert, and Finn Allen. The Blackcaps will open their new WTC campaign (2021-23) against India. The Kiwis did not lose a single Test to Virat Kohli’s men in the first edition of the tournament. The Blackcaps will play its first home series(2 Tests) of the new WTC tournament versus Bangladesh.

BCCI In Talks With Cricket Australia And England And Wales Cricket Board To Come To A Consensus Regarding Players’ Availability

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is also in talks with Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to come to a consensus about their players’ availability.

“We are much relieved now. BCCI are in talks with English and Australian boards to come to a consensus regarding this. Given April and May are earmarked for the IPL, they are right to raise their own objections, but we are now confirmed to witness New Zealand players in action,” one of the franchise officials told Cricket.com last month after hearing the rumours.

New Zealand have not toured Pakistan since December 2003 Getty Images
New Zealand have not toured Pakistan since December 2003 Getty Images

The second phase of IPL 2021 is scheduled to begin on September 19 and will close with the final on October 15. New Zealand is likely to tour Pakistan for a limited-overs series just before the T20 World Cup. The last time Blackcaps toured Pakistan was in 2003, where they were white-washed in the five-match ODI series.

New Zealand Cricket Team
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New Zealand Is Likely To Tour Pakistan For Limited-Overs Series Ahead Of The T20 World Cup

New Zealand is likely to tour Pakistan for a limited-overs series just before the T20 World Cup. The last time Blackcaps toured Pakistan was in 2003, where they were white-washed in the five-match ODI series.

From 2009 to 2019, Pakistan was unable to host international matches in Pakistan after the terror attack in 2009 on the touring Sri Lanka cricket team bus. A bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers, part of a larger convoy, was fired upon by 12 gunmen near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan but the cricketers luckily escaped with minor injuries.

New Zealand have not toured Pakistan since December 2003 Getty Images
New Zealand have not toured Pakistan since December 2003 Getty Images

New Zealand Is Working Out On A Bilateral Series With Pakistan

This decade led to almost no international cricket taking place in Pakistan and Pakistan played its home series in the UAE (specifically Dubai and Abu Dhabi). After the year 2019, international test cricket returned to Pakistan as the security situation improved.

The NZC and the PCB are in talks regarding the bilateral series, David White, chief executive of the board confirmed.

“Our intention is to tour Pakistan, and we’re working through that with [the PCB], and Government agencies. All going well, ensuring that we satisfy all the security arrangements which I’m confident we will do, we will be touring Pakistan,” White was quoted as saying in stuff.co.nz.

New Zealand Cricketers In IPL 2021 (Picture Credit: BCCI/IPL)
New Zealand Cricketers In IPL 2021 (Picture Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Meanwhile, a packed schedule for the Kiwis in the next 12 months awaits the cricketers. After the upcoming T20 World Cup, they will play in nine WTC matches as well. Also, some players are set to take part in the second leg of IPL 2021 too.

“There’s a lot of moving parts right now, but ideally we would allow our guys to play in the IPL,” White said.

New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 2003, the year after a suicide bombing outside their Karachi hotel killed 15 people. The IPL bound players include the likes of Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Kane Williamson, Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Seifert, and Finn Allen.

The Blackcaps will open their new WTC campaign (2021-23) against India. The Kiwis did not lose a single Test to Virat Kohli’s men in the first edition of the tournament. The Blackcaps will play its first home series(2 Tests) of the new WTC tournament versus Bangladesh.

The Proteas will pay a visit to New Zealand for a 2-Test series in February 2022. New Zealand will then travel to the United Kingdom again in the 2022 English summer to play a 3-Test series against England. The United Arab Emirates will likely host the 2-match Test series between Pakistan and New Zealand. New Zealand will conclude its campaign with a 2-Test home series against Sri Lanka.

Brad Hogg Praises Wonderful Performance From New Zealand To Win Inaugural WTC Beating India In The Final

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor played unbeaten knocks off 52 and 47 respectively as New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets to clinch the inaugural edition of the WTC.

On the other hand, after India’s loss in the WTC final, former Australia spinner Brad Hogg said, “A wonderful performance from New Zealand. India had their chances at the back end of the Test match to stay in it and win it. (Cheteshwar) Pujara dropping (Ross) Taylor with 55 runs still needed at that stage proved extremely costly. It was the final day of a final.”

New Zealand's Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters
New Zealand’s Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

“There was pressure. You had (Henry) Nicholls, Watling was injured. Anything could have happened with the pressure around there. Taylor went, (Kane) Williamson might have played a rash shot as well, not having that experience up at the other end,” he further said.

The architects of New Zealand’s victory were Kane Williamson(49 and 52*), Kyle Jamieson (5/31 in the 1st innings), and Tim Southee (4/48 in the 2nd innings). New Zealand was so disciplined with the ball throughout the match that they didn’t let an Indian batsman score a fifty in the entire Test.

New Zealand Cricketers In IPL 2021 (Picture Credit: BCCI/IPL)
New Zealand Cricketers In IPL 2021 (Picture Credit: BCCI/IPL)
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New Zealand Players To Play In Remainder Of IPL 2021

IPL 2021 in its 14th year was indefinitely postponed on May 4 after there was a breach in the bio-bubble and a number of players and support staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has now decided to host the tournament in September and October in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The rescheduling of the IPL 2021 has caused a lot of buzz among the fans and the Indian cricket fraternity. However, some franchises received massive blows when it was learned that many overseas players won’t be able to make it to the UAE leg of the league. Rajasthan Royals (RR) star player England’s Jos Buttler made himself unavailable for the remainder of the cash-rich tournament.

Jos Buttler, Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2021
Jos Buttler, Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2021
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IPL 2021 Remaining Matches To See Participation Of New Zealand Players

The remaining matches of IPL 2021 are likely to clash with the international schedules of almost all cricket countries. The cricket boards didn’t seem much interested in meddling with their international schedule to again accommodate the 2nd phase of IPL 2021. However, it has been learned that the Black Caps’ players have confirmed their availability for the remaining matches of the tournament to be staged in UAE.

IPL Trophy.
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

A source close to an IPL franchise revealed that New Zealand players will be participating in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. The source also confirmed that the Indian board is in talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA) to ensure the availability of Australian and England players too.

7 New Zealand Players Have Contract With IPL Franchises 

Notably, as many as seven Kiwi players have a contract with different IPL franchises. The seven IPL bound players include the likes of Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Kane Williamson, Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Seifert, and Finn Allen.

Kyle Jamieson
Kyle Jamieson. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

A report has quoted an IPL franchise official, who confirmed the availability of Black Caps’ players.

He said, “We are much relieved now. BCCI is in talks with English and Australian boards to come to a consensus regarding this. Given April and May are earmarked for the IPL, they are right to raise their own objections but we are now confirmed to witness New Zealand players in action.”

Meanwhile, West Indies players in the likes of Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, and Kieron Pollard will also be present on IPL 2021 as Cricket West Indies (CWI) preponed CPL 2021 to ensure that it doesn’t clash with the Indian league.

Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Jason Behrendorff of CSK, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Shakib Al Hasan of KKR, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis of DC, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Liam Livingstone, Andrew Tye, Mustafizur Rahman of RR,  Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa of RCB, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Moises Henriques, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith of Punjab Kings may miss the 2nd leg of IPL 2021.

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IPL 2022 Should See 5 Foreigners In Playing XI If 10 Teams Participate – Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar, former Indian cricketer-turned-commentator has given his views regarding the number of overseas players in an IPL team while speaking to ESPNcricinfo. Sanjay Manjrekar has said that IPL GC should allow five foreign players in playing XI if the league expands to 10 franchises in 2022.

He said that there will be enough room for Indian players to flourish with the increase in teams as 60 Indian players could take the field in IPL 2022.

File image of Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
File image of Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

Sanjay Manjrekar: If IPL 2022 Is Going With 10 Teams Then 5 Overseas Players Should Be Included In Playing XI

With the IPL expanding, there may be a change in rules for foreign players in the team. Currently, only four overseas players are allowed in the playing XI with some teams often benching some quality players due to the rule. The Indian Premier League is likely to add 2 more teams for season 15 that takes place next year.

“If IPL is going with 10 teams then you got to have five foreign players per side. Despite that, you will have 10 Indian players playing in the XI. They are a lot of Indian players,” he said.

Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje (Image Credit: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra had also proposed a radical suggestion for future editions of the IPL. The cricketer-turned-commentator felt the overseas player cap in the playing eleven should be increased to five from IPL 2022 onwards.

IPL 2022 is set to be a ten-team affair, with two new franchises added to the group. The change will see the league revert to a ten-franchise competition for the first time since 2011, having been an eight-team event since 2014. IPL 2021 saw proven international stars like Anrich Nortje, Mitchell Santner, and Lockie Ferguson warm the bench. A ten-team IPL with the five-overseas-player rule will make the league more attractive to foreigners.

Sanjay Manjrekar: It’s A Shame To See Some Quality Foreign Players Benched Because Franchises Can’t Play More Than 4 In Playing XI

IPL is one of the most famous and fiercely competitive leagues in the world and has an array of premium talent available at its disposal.

“When there was no IPL, T20, or 50-over cricket, only 13-14 players in the 70s or 80s played at the highest level and that’s where you got the cream of Indian players playing,” Sanjay Manjrekar added.

“You already have plenty of Indian players and it is a shame to see some quality foreign players sitting out only because they can’t play more than four. So even if we go five foreign players, plenty of Indian players will get the opportunity,” he further said.

“I don’t think it will a pressure that organisers feel that this is an Indian Premier League and got to have more and more Indian players and less foreign players. 60 is plenty,” Sanjay Manjrekar signed off.

Before IPL 2021 was suspended indefinitely due to a rise in Covid-19 cases in India, overseas players like Imran Tahir (1 game), Lungi Ngidi (3 games), Mitchell Santner, and Jason Behrendorff(no games) didn’t feature in many games as per liking for CSK.

For table toppers, Delhi Capitals, Sam Billings, and Anrich Nortje didn’t play while Tom Curran (2 games), and Chris Woakes (3 games) didn’t play much as desired. For KKR, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Cutting, and Tim Seifert didn’t get a game to play.

Lockie Ferguson
Lockie Ferguson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians player Nathan Counter Nile, James Neesham, Adam Milne, and Chris Lynn played in 1 game each. For Punjab Kings, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Moises Henriques, Fabian Allen, Riley Meredith, and Kane Richardson didn’t play all matches. For Rajasthan, Ben Stokes was injured after playing the first game while Andrew Tye didn’t get a game and flew home midway for Covid-19 fears.

For RCB, Finn Allen, Scott Kuggeleijn, and Adam Zampa were some of the players who didn’t feature in a single game. For SRH, Jason Roy, Jason Holder, Mohammed Nabi, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman didn’t feature in more than 2 games each.

James Pamment, former New Zealand cricketer. (Photo Source: Stuff.co.nz)
James Pamment, former New Zealand cricketer. (Photo Source: Stuff.co.nz)
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Some Senior Indians Didn’t Like Being Restricted Inside IPL 2021 Bio Bubble, Says James Pamment

James Pamment, Mumbai Indians’ (MI) fielding coach has claimed that some senior Indian players did not like being subjected to restrictions inside the currently-suspended Indian Premier League’s (IPL) bio-bubble, but it felt completely safe until the time cases from participating teams hadn’t come to light.

James Pamment did not elaborate on his assertion about the Indian players and did not take any names either. The IPL was suspended on May 4.

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians (Image Credit: Twitter)

James Pamment: Some Indian Senior Players Didn’t Like Being Restricted

James Pamment, along with Trent Boult, Finn Allen, Jimmy Neesham, Adam Milne, Scott Kuggeleijn, Shane Bond, and Mike Hesson reached their country Saturday night after IPL 2021 was suspended midway owing to the rising cases of Covid-19 in the country.

“Some of the senior Indian guys don’t like being restricted and told what to do,” he was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

“But we did feel safe – at no point did we feel the bubble would be compromised…We felt travel was always going to be a challenge.”

Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah | MI Twitter
Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah | MI Twitter

The New Zealander, a former Northern Districts coach, said he and the MI players started to feel apprehensive shortly before the competition was halted.

“It was when cases started to come with the teams [that the concerns grew]. They [players] were a little more fearful, a little more apprehensive,” said the 52-year-old, who returned home on Saturday.

“Chennai (Super Kings) announced their cases and we’d played Chennai at the weekend, so straight away the dynamic changed; I certainly noticed from within my group. I’d spend most of my time with the Kiwis and the Aussies; their mindset had changed. We started to get Indian guys in our environment whose families were sick. There were bereavements as well and we were taking a bit of a cue from those guys who were saying ‘no, we want to carry on’ and the messages were coming back that this is a good distraction.”

James Pamment, who had been in India since January said he felt safe in the bio-secure bubble set up by Mumbai Indians and it was only the inter-city travel that was posed a concerning issue, according to him.

James Pamment  Felt Confident Of Being Fine As Long As Everyone Was Disciplined And Wasn’t Tempted

James Pamment said at no stage did he feel his health was going to be put in jeopardy within the bubble set up by MI at a Mumbai hotel.

“…as long as everyone was disciplined and people weren’t tempted, you did feel confident you’d be fine, and everybody around you would be fine…an extremely safe bubble being formed.”

James Pamment
James Pamment Image courtesy Mumbai Indians

He said long before the suspension of IPL 2021 that he was aware of the pandemic getting worse in India and the event should not have been spread across six venues.

“If it (IPL) had been held solely in Mumbai, perhaps it’d have been easily managed, but once cases rise in Mumbai, you’re looking at ground staff, you’re looking at different service-type people that it’s going to be hard to manage,” he said.

“We had a case ourselves on our first travel to Chennai – it was a support-staff member, fortunately picked up very quickly and he was isolated, and none of the people considered close contacts to him were infected. It was a very early reminder that your bubble’s not impenetrable. We probably got even stricter around how we operated.”

He also said that allowing 70,000 spectators in Ahmedabad for the last two-Test matches of the 4 Tests series against England “was a little irresponsible and now Ahmedabad is a hot-bed of Covid.”

James Pamment, former New Zealand cricketer. (Photo Source: Stuff.co.nz)
James Pamment, former New Zealand cricketer. (Photo Source: Stuff.co.nz)
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Travel Was A Issue But Bio-bubble Was Safe Enough, Says James Pamment

James Pamment, former New Zealand cricketer and Mumbai Indians fielding coach has revealed that after the Covid-19 cases emerged in the Kolkata Knight Rider (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) camps, the Australian and New Zealand cricketers he was in touch with became a ‘little more fearful and a little more apprehensive’.

James Pamment, along with Trent Boult, Finn Allen, Jimmy Neesham, Adam Milne, Scott Kuggeleijn, Shane Bond, and Mike Hesson reached their country Saturday night after IPL 2021 was suspended midway owing to the rising cases of Covid-19 in the country.

James Pamment
James Pamment

James Pamment Felt Safe In Bio Bubble And Added That Travel Was Allows Going To Be A Challenging Aspect

James Pamment, who had been in India since January said he felt safe in the bio-secure bubble set up by Mumbai Indians and it was only the inter-city travel that was posed a concerning issue.

“We’d pretty much taken over a hotel in Mumbai and created a safe space – I think I was the first person in there. You felt as long as everyone was disciplined and people weren’t tempted … staff were also part of the bubble, they had to isolate for a two-week period before working and we were getting regular tests, so you felt it was an extremely safe bubble being formed. You did feel confident you’d be fine, and everybody around you would be fine,” James Pamment told Stuff.co.nz.

James Pamment
James Pamment Image courtesy Mumbai Indians

“We felt the travel was always going to be a challenge. We had a case ourselves on our first travel when we went to Chennai to prepare for the start of the tournament – it was a support staff member, fortunately, picked up very quickly and he was isolated, and none of the people considered close contacts to him were infected. But it was a very early reminder that your bubble’s not impenetrable. We probably got even stricter around how we operated,” he added.

Among those who returned home(New Zealand) from India were Shane Bond, Adam Milne, and James Pamment for whom the plane seat was reserved earlier.

James Pamment Felt Safe And Didn’t Feel Bubble Would Be Compromised With

James Pamment also said that he was happy with the franchise’s management of the whole situation. He said he and the Kiwi players felt very confident in the franchise’s management.

” Some of the senior Indian guys don’t like being restricted and told what to do, but we did feel safe – at no point did we feel the bubble would be compromised, the challenge was the travel,” he said, adding, “We all had MIQ vouchers booked for June, so as soon as we knew we were coming back, we jumped online individually to get the vouchers. “

“The plane was initially booked for three people – myself, Shane Bond, and Adam Milne – because Trent’s plans were to go to England, Jimmy Neesham’s plans were to go to England. RCB [Royal Challengers Bangalore] hadn’t had any cases and the Mumbai management were happy to consider them coming back with us as well.”

James Neesham
James Neesham (Photo by Andy Kearns/Getty Images)

Besides Kane Williamson, the UK-bound group includes Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner, Chris Donaldson (trainer), Tommy Simsek (physio), Lockie Ferguson, James Neesham, and Finn Allen.

The last three will feature in the T20 Blast in the UK starting June 9. Kane Williamson will also be a part of The Hundred, to be played from July 21. New Zealand plays England in a two-match Test series, beginning on June 2, before they face India in the World Test Championships finals at Southampton from June 18.

Tim Seifert, who was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad for the Indian Premier League 2021 season, was tested positive for Covid-19, as per a statement released by New Zealand Cricket. The wicketkeeper-batsman missed his charter flight back to New Zealand with all the other members of the New Zealand contingent. Tim Seifert now will stay in isolation in Ahmedabad and will be transferred to Chennai, where he will be taken to a private hospital for treatment, before making his way back home.