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IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg
IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg.

IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg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 A total of 64 foreign players are allowed in IPL and in IPL 2021, 17 of them have withdrawn, dealing a blow to both BCCI and the franchises.

IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg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Adam Zampa was one of the few players who had withdrawn from IPL 2021 before the season was suspended.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.

Rajasthan Royals (Image Credit: Twitter)
Rajasthan Royals (Image Credit: Twitter)

IPL 2021 UAE Leg: Rajasthan Royals Signed Evin Lewis And Oshane Thomas As Replacements For Ben Stokes And Jos Buttler

Rajasthan Royals have signed West Indies opening batter Evin Lewis and fast bowler Oshane Thomas as replacements for Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, for the second leg of IPL 2021, which will run from September 19 to October 15 in the UAE.
Evin Lewis is West Indies’ fifth-highest run-getter in T20Is, with 1318 runs, including 103 sixes. Only Chris Gayle (121) has hit more sixes for West Indies in T20I cricket.
Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals (Image Credit: Twitter)

Rajasthan Royals Sign Evin Lewis And Oshane Thomas As Replacements

Evin  Lewis is currently part of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the ongoing CPL 2021 at Warner Park, where he has started the tournament with scores of 6, 62, and 30. This will be Evin Lewis’ first stint with the Royals and second overall in the IPL, having been part of the Mumbai Indians side in 2018 and 2019.

For Oshane Thomas, this will be his second stint with the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL as he played four games for the franchise in 2019, taking five wickets at an economy rate of 7.90. Oshane Thomas will be the second player from the Barbados Royals in the CPL to join the Rajasthan Royals for the second chunk of IPL. Earlier this month, New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips was lined up as a replacement for Jofra Archer.
Oshane Thomas picked 5 wickets in his maiden IPL season in 2019 before being benched by Rajasthan Royals.  Evin Lewis played two seasons in the IPL for Mumbai Indians in 2018 and 2019, scoring 430 runs from 16 games at 26.87. The 29-year-old made his debut for West Indies during their 2016 World T20 campaign in India. Oshane Thomas made his international debut in 2018, has picked up 27 wickets in 20 ODIs, and 19 wickets in 17 T20Is.
Evin Lewis & Oshane Thomas Signed By Rajasthan Royals Image: ICC/Twitter/AP
Evin Lewis & Oshane Thomas Signed By Rajasthan Royals Image: ICC/Twitter/AP
Oshane Thomas can regularly hit speeds upwards of 140kph and most recently at the CPL, he bowled Chris Gayle with a 142kph dart. Earlier, Rajasthan Royals signed Tabraiz Shamsi, the World’s No.1 ranked bowler in T20Is to replace Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye, who pulled out of the league owing to personal reasons.

Rajasthan Royals Will Be Without 3 England Cricketers-Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler In UAE Leg Of IPL 2021

With the absence of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, the Royals will now be without three of their England stars. While Jos Buttler has opted out due to the impending birth of his second child, Ben Stokes has taken an indefinite break from the game for mental-health reasons.
Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler[photo: Twitter]
Jofra Archer is the other absentee, with an elbow fracture ruling him out of cricket for the rest of the year. The Rajasthan Royals is placed fifth in the points table, will resume their IPL 2021 campaign against the Punjab Kings on September 21.
Jos Buttler 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.
Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi. Image Credits: Twitter

Tabraiz Shamsi Looking To Gather Some Inside Information About UAE Pitches While Playing IPL Before T20I World Cup

Tabraiz Shamsi, a South African spinner said he is looking to gather some “inside information” about the UAE pitches before he returns to the country for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Tabraiz Shamsi, the world number one ranked T20I bowler in ICC rankings, will be joining the Rajasthan Royals squad as a replacement for Australian pacer Andrew Tye for the remainder of IPL scheduled to be held in the UAE from September 19.

Tabraiz Shamsi takes off on a celebratory run AFP/Getty Images
Tabraiz Shamsi takes off on a celebratory run AFP/Getty Images

Tabraiz Shamsi Excited To Play IPL 2021

Rajasthan Royals have announced that they have signed Tabraiz Shamsi, the World’s No.1 ranked bowler in T20Is, for the second phase of the Indian Premier League to be played in the UAE. Tabraiz Shamsi will replace Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye, who has pulled out of the league owing to personal reasons.

Andrew Tye said that he had to be away from home for a long time this year and hence opted out of the Rajasthan Royals squad for the remainder of the IPL. He added that he was disappointed at having not been able to make it to the Australian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

“I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’m not excited about (IPL). I am very excited. Especially because I’ve never played in Dubai and Abu Dhabi,” Shamsi was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“The IPL is a different thing. I have played in the past but I was a lot younger and I didn’t get a lot of game time regularly. When you get regular game time, you can showcase what you can do. You can improve.”

Andrew Tye
Andrew Tye Photo: BCCI

Tabraiz Shamsi had earlier played four IPL matches in which he picked up three wickets for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who had recruited him as a replacement player during the 2016 season.

“…I’m really happy I got picked up in the IPL because I’ve never been there and played there,” said Shamsi, who has since picked up 45 wickets in 39 T20Is, along with 32 wickets in 27 ODIs for South Africa.

“It will be nice if I can play on those pitches and get some inside information and gain some experience; just to be able to pick up some knowledge and information that might help us in the World Cup.”

However, he has been very good in T20Is recently, the reason Rajasthan picked him in their squad. Not to mention Tabraiz Shamsi could come in quite handy on UAE pitches. This 31-year-old spinner has picked 45 wickets in 39 T20 Internationals an economy rate of 6.80.

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.

Tabraiz Shamsi: South Africa May Be Inexperienced But Have The Requisite Skill To Do Well In 2021 World Cup

The 31-year-old left-arm spinner feels South Africa will do well at the T20 World Cup, considering their strong bowling attack.

“…I believe we have one of the best bowling attacks in the world. All we need is a bit of game time. I’m not saying that because we’ve won a couple of series back-to-back. The talent in the squad is there,” he said.

“We might be inexperienced at the international level but it doesn’t mean that we don’t have the skill. We showcased that against a very strong West Indies team, and against Ireland.”
South Africa
South Africa. (Photo by CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP via Getty Images)
“Nobody here wants to lose and I know the people back home don’t want to see us losing. So we’re pushing it. We just need a bit more time together. The more we play together the better we’re going to get.”

He has been in great form this year and has already claimed 24 wickets in 14 T20 matches. The economic rate, this year, is just 5.32. The second phase of IPL 2021 will start in the UAE on September 19. Rajasthan Royals will resume their campaign against the Punjab Kings on September 21 in Dubai. The side will be without the services of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Jos Buttler and will start their campaign placed 5th with 3 wins in 7 matches.

Australian Players In IPL 2021
Australian Players In IPL 2021

Cricket Australia To Issue No Objection Certificates For White-Ball Specialists To Play IPL 2021 In UAE

Cricket Australia has cleared the way for the nation’s top white-ball players to return to the Indian Premier League 2021’s 2nd leg to be held in the UAE in September and October. It will be the second season on the trot in which Cricket Australia’s players have missed the opening rounds of Australia’s domestic competitions to participate in the lucrative domestic T20 tournament.

Cricket Australia will issue No Objection Certificates for leading players to return to the IPL when it resumes next month while a planned T20 tri-series with Afghanistan and West Indies may be repurposed as World Cup warm-ups.

Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia To Issue No Objection Certificates For White Ball Specialists To Return To Play In The IPL 2021

IPL 2021 was halted midway in May after a catastrophic outbreak of COVID-19 in India and bio bubble breaches resulting in players reporting positive. About 40 Cricket Australia’s players, coaches, broadcasters, and support staff had to spend time in the Maldives while international borders were shut, before eventually returning via a charter flight provided by the BCCI.

The IPL 2021 has since been rescheduled to complete the remaining 36 games in 27 days between September 19 and October 15 in the UAE, finishing just two days before the T20 World Cup begins, which has also been relocated to the region from India for Covid-19.

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

Australia’s men’s domestic summer will begin with a Marsh One-Day Cup game on September 11, meaning any players heading to the IPL and subsequent T20 World Cup will not feature at home before the Test summer begins against Afghanistan from November 27.

Cricket Australia’s clearance came after the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed the postponement of a three-match ODI series between the two nations originally planned to be held in India in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup. A mooted T20 tri-series also involving the West Indies was due to form an important part of the World Cup preparations for all three squads, and Afghanistan authorities are continuing efforts to secure a venue to host it.

With the initial group stages of the T20 World Cup expected to be played primarily in Oman, the UAE venues could be free to host the matches between the end of the IPL and the start of the World Cup’s Super 12 stage, expected to begin on October 23.

Eight Players Who Played IPL 2021 Initial Stage Made Themselves Unavailable For West Indies And Bangladesh Tour Where Australia Suffered Heavy Defeats

Eight players who participated in the initial stage of this year’s IPL made themselves unavailable for Cricket Australia’s recent tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh, where the T20 side slumped to 4-1 defeats against both nations. Seven of those players – David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, and Daniel Sams – are now expected to return to the IPL 2021.

KKR pacer Pat Cummins has said he will miss the IPL reboot due to the impending birth of his first child but has committed to Australia’s T20 World Cup tilt. Josh Hazlewood, Riley Meredith, Dan Christian, Moises Henriques, Mitch Marsh, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, and Josh Philippe are the players that hold IPL deals that were part of the squad that toured the Caribbean and Bangladesh.

Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, and Josh Philippe had opted out of the first stage of the IPL tournament midway that was held in India but is eligible to return to the rescheduled closing stages, although it has not yet been confirmed if they will.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

“If in case any player who was injured or unavailable during the India leg of IPL 2021 and is now fit or available then the franchise which had taken a replacement player … will need to elect (either) one of them,” IPL chief operating officer Hemang Amin told ESPN.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn and Ben Cutting – none of whom are in Cricket Australia’s plans or hold state contracts – are the other Aussies with IPL deals. Australia legend Ricky Ponting, who is also head coach of the Delhi Capitals IPL side, said the tournament was ideal preparation for the T20 World Cup.

“No doubt it’s their best preparation to be in those exact conditions, playing in probably the strongest domestic T20 tournament in the world,” Ponting said on SEN radio in conversation with Australia Test captain Tim Paine, who also endorsed the players going to the IPL.

“All the best players in the world will be there … and I’m not just saying it because I want some of the Australian players there at the Delhi Capitals. I’m not sure if they’ll be any restrictions on the bowlers going there, there may well be, but certainly the guys like Smith, Davey, Maxi, Stoinis who have been out of cricket for three or fourth months they need to get back into the groove.”

The T20 World Cup will begin with the qualifier rounds that will feature Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, and Papua New Guinea. Australia has been drawn in Group 1 of the Super 12 stage with England, South Africa, and the West Indies, plus two teams from the qualifier round. India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two qualifiers will be in the other Super 12 group.

Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)

Aaron Finch Surprised To See Some Of His Teammates Withdraw From Upcoming White-Ball Tours

Aaron Finch, limited-overs skipper feels Australian players will have a hard time justifying their participation in the second half of the postponed IPL 2021, given the hectic national schedule, as he was “surprised” to see some of his teammates withdraw from the country’s upcoming white-ball tours.

The country’s seven top cricketers including the likes of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams have pulled out from the upcoming West Indies series for varied reasons and also said that they won’t be visiting Bangladesh if that tour is confirmed.

Australia's Aaron Finch ©Reuters
Australia’s Aaron Finch. Photo Credit: Reuters.

Aaron Finch Is A Little Bit Surprised But Understandable At Australia’s Key Players Missing The Tours Of The West Indies And Bangladesh

While it had been a “long-term plan” for David Warner and Pat Cummins to miss the winter tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh (if confirmed), Aaron Finch said he understands his teammates’ decision.

“The other guys – I was a little bit surprised,” Aaron Finch was quoted as saying by on SEN Radio.

“I’ve chatted to them all – a little bit surprised but it’s also understandable … but I wish that they were there,” said Aaron Finch.

File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Asked about his teammates who requested not to be considered for the tours, Aaron Finch said: “I think they would find it hard to justify going back and playing that second half of the IPL. Just purely based on the workload coming up with a T20 World Cup and a huge home summer.

“It’s really tough. It’s a tough situation that everyone has been put in, but personally, I would find it hard to do that knowing how difficult it is and how challenging it is mentally, and on your family as well. That’s what I would think.”

Australia will take a depleted squad to the West Indies and Bangladesh after several big names, including David Warner, Pat Cummins, and Glenn Maxwell opted out of the upcoming white-ball tours.

Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, and Marcus Stoinis also requested not to be considered for the tour, with the rigours of international travel, quarantine, and bubble life over the past year behind their decisions.

Aaron Finch: Australia Will Have To Wait And See What The Team Looks Like When The T20I World Cup Is Around

Star batsman Steve Smith was also not included in the squad as he is yet to fully recover from an elbow injury that flared up during the IPL. Earlier this week, Australia chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns made it clear that he expects the country’s IPL players to forgo the high-profile T20 league starting mid-September if a tri-series involving West Indies and Afghanistan is scheduled at the same time.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

“The guys who aren’t there have probably left the door slightly ajar. What that looks like when the T20 World Cup comes around, we’ll have to wait and see,” Finch said. “But if you can get on the international stage against a very good West Indies side and Bangladesh team (and perform well), it carries a lot of weight.”

The absence of the top players means veteran Dan Christian, Big Bash League stars Ben McDermott, Wes Agar, and Riley Meredith will get an opportunity to prove themselves at the international level.

Not all Australians who played in the IPL opted out, and Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Dan Christian and Jason Behrendorff have been included. Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye, who both played but escaped India before the competition was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic, are also on the list.

Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff. (Reuters)
Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff. (Reuters)

Jason Behrendorff Named In Australia’s 23 Member Preliminary Squad For West Indies ODI, T20 Tour

Jason Behrendorff and Tanveer Sangha on Monday were named in Australia’s 23-member preliminary squad for the upcoming limited-overs tour of West Indies.

Australia and West Indies are set to lock horns in five T20Is and three ODIs in July this year. The likes of Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, David Warner, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey, and Pat Cummins return to the squad after missing the recent white-ball tour of New Zealand.

Australia pacer Jason Behrendorff (file image)
Australia pacer Jason Behrendorff (file image)

Jason Behrendorff Named In Australia’s 23 Member Preliminary Squad For 5 T20Is And 3 ODIs Against And In West Indies

Hard-hitting middle-order batsmen Matthew Wade, Marcus Stoinis, and Mitchell Marsh join opener D’Arcy Short in the mix for the final batting places. They all add the flexibility of being able to play in the top or middle-order. Highly rated batsman Josh Phillipe adds another top-order option with captain Aaron Finch and David Warner and as an additional backup wicketkeeper-batsman to Alex Carey and Matthew Wade.

Aaron Finch, AFP
Aaron Finch, AFP

Experienced all-rounders Marcus Stoinis, Moises Henriques, and Mitchell Marsh are joined by the in-form hard-hitting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in the preliminary squad. Daniel Sams advised the NSP he was unavailable for selection for the tour of the West Indies on health and wellbeing grounds. CA supports Daniel Sams’s decision.

Jason Behrendorff made his T20I debut for Australia against India on 7 October 2017. On 12 January 2019, he made his One Day International (ODI) debut against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, taking 2 wickets. In April 2019, Jason Behrendorff was named to Australia’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. On 25 June 2019 in the match against England, Jason Behrendorff took his first five-wicket haul in ODIs. He has played 11 ODIs and 7 T20Is picking up 16 and 7 scalps respectively.

Marnus Labuschagne Not Named For Remaining In The UK For Logistical Complexities

Pacers Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson, and Andrew Tye join Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc as the primary pace strike weapons. They are joined by pacer Riley Meredith and left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff.

National selector Trevor Hohns said: “This preliminary list gives selectors a solid base from which to choose a final touring party in the coming weeks while allowing players to prepare.”

“The Australian men’s T20 squad has the ability to match it with any team in the world and the competition for places will be fierce, which is exactly what we are looking for. The West Indies men’s team has won two of the six ICC T20 World Cups played, including the most recent tournament in India and 2016, and this series will provide us with excellent preparation ahead of the 2021 edition in October and November,” he added.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ben Oliver, CA’s EGM of National Teams said: “It was great to see our Olympians receiving their vaccination shots ahead of the Tokyo Games and we are working through logistics for the Australian men’s team with the relevant agencies. We will comply with all government directives in relation to vaccinations and international travel.”

Marnus Labuschagne, however, will remain in Wales with county side Glamorgan because of “the logistical complexities of joining the squad from the UK and associated quarantines”, Cricket Australia (CA) said in a news release. Australia will play three one-dayers in Barbados and five 20-over internationals in St Lucia as they continue their preparations for the World Twenty20 in India later this year.

Australia’s 23-member preliminary squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Tanveer Sangha, D’Arcy Short, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

Todd Greenberg (Getty)
Todd Greenberg (Getty)

It’s Important To Assess Risks Before Signing Up For Overseas T20 Leagues, Says Todd Greenberg

Todd Greenberg, Australian Cricketers Association chief executive said it’s important to assess risks before signing up for overseas T20 leagues in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. IPL 2021 was postponed after positive Covid-19 cases in bio-bubbles.

Todd Greenberg has said Australian cricketers should do due diligence and homework when it comes to assessing risks in overseas T20 leagues at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc.

Australian Cricketers Association chief executive Todd Greenberg
Australian Cricketers Association chief executive Todd Greenberg (Image Credit: Twitter)

Todd Greenberg: Players Should Do Due Diligence And Homework To Assess Risks In Overseas T20 Leagues

The Indian Premier League became the second T20 league after Pakistan Super League to be suspended mid-way in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. IPL 2021 was postponed indefinitely on May 4 after several positive cases were reported in the bio-bubbles of the franchises across India, which is battling a severe second wave of Covid-19 infections.

As many as 14 Australian players along with support staff and commentators (a total of 40-strong contingent) were left stranded in India as Australia shut its borders for all those flying from India at least until May 15. The Australia cricketers who were part of the IPL will head to the Maldives and wait for a connecting flight back home.

“I’m not sure it will create reticence but it will ensure players do their due diligence before they sign agreements,” Todd Greenberg told ESPNcricinfo.

“The world is literally changing before our eyes particularly with Covid and on that side of the world, obviously, those cases are going up exponentially.”

Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson
Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson (Image Credits: Twitter)

While a few Australian players, such Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, and Josh Philippe, withdrew before IPL-14 began, citing bubble fatigue, the likes of Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, and Andrew Tye pulled out of the event midway and managed to return home before their government closed their border.

“We’re enjoying our freedoms here in Australia. It is a very different place over there. If anything it sends a message to players about making sure you do your homework before making any decisions,” Greenberg added.

The Australian contingent sans Mike Hussey, who has tested positive for the Wuhan virus, has departed for the Maldives via a chartered flight arranged by the BCCI.

Todd Greenberg: Australian Players Will Be Under Stress

Todd Greenberg acknowledged that many members of the Australian contingent may be dealing with anxiety and stress at the moment, but promised help once they return to their country.

“I was at pains to point it out during the week, the public will see our best Australian cricketers as almost superheroes, they’re brilliant athletes, great cricketers, but they’re human beings, some of them are fathers and husbands and they’re under enormous amounts of stress,” Todd Greenberg said.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (File Photo)

“Some deal with it differently. This will probably be an experience they will never forget. We will help them when they come home. Some will cope with it really well, others will need support and counselling and that’s what we’ll do.”

As many as 8 England cricketers reached London on Wednesday and 3 other players will be heading home shortly. England nationals returning from India have to be in compulsory isolation at government-approved hotels.

With the 14th edition of the IPL postponed, Cricket Australia’s interim Chief Executive Officer Nick Hockley has said that every arrangement is being made to repatriate the Australian contingent as soon as possible.

He added that Sri Lanka and the Maldives are the two places that have been zeroed in for the Australian contingent to move to from India before they return home since direct flights from India to Australia have been stopped with an eye on the second COVID-19 wave.

There are 38 Australians who are currently in India and the contingent is now likely to move either to the Maldives or Sri Lanka. After May 15, the contingent may then finally move to Australia.

Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia. - PTI
Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia. - PTI

Ness Wadia Backed BCCI’s Decision To Host IPL 2021 In India

Ness Wadia, Punjab Kings (PBKS) co-owner on Tuesday backed the BCCI’s decision to host IPL-14 in India amid the COVID-19 threat, saying that was the “right call” before the situation deteriorated quickly.

The Indian Premier League 2021 was on Tuesday suspended indefinitely after multiple COVID-19 cases were reported in its bio-bubble, ending a month-long relatively smooth run for cricket’s most glamorous event in the middle of a raging pandemic.

Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia Image Source : IPLT20.COM
Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia Image Source: IPLT20.COM

Ness Wadia: Best Decision Taken To Suspend IPL 2021 But Defends Decision To Held IPL 2021 In India Before Conditions Deteriorated

Ness Wadia welcomed the decision to suspend the league for the time being.

“Best decision has been taken given the circumstances. A lot of people are suffering in India,” Wadia told PTI.

As far as hosting the event was concerned in the first place, he said, “Due diligence was done before the IPL but no one is perfect. The right call was taken to hold it in India ahead of the World Cup it is just unfortunate that the situation deteriorated so quickly.”

Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)

The decision to postpone the league was announced after SunRisers Hyderabad batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra joined the infected players’ list, which already had Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier. Chennai Super Kings’ bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji was among the prominent non-playing staff to test positive.

Wadia added, “If the ground staff wasn’t part of the whole bubble then that needs to be fixed. Also cutting down the venues also need to be considered forward to reduce the risk.”

The league organizers also issued a formal statement postponing the IPL 2021 and said that the safety of its players and staff is paramount. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended by The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Tuesday, due to at least six covid-19 cases in 4 franchises.

Ness Wadia: Holding IPL 2021 In UAE Won’t Have Made A Difference

He said holding the league in UAE, which hosted it last year due to the pandemic back home, would not have made any difference. The BCCI successfully staged the IPL 2020 across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah in UAE and while there were certain Covid cases reported there as well, the tournament went on smoothly without much hassle.

“I don’t think this has got anything to do in a specific country (India or UAE) would have made a difference. Everyone tried their best sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.”

Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson pulled out of IPL 14 while Andrew Tye decided to leave midway | Twitter
Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson pulled out of IPL 14 while Andrew Tye decided to leave midway | Twitter

Speaking of criticism by foreign players such as Australia’s Adam Zampa and Andrew Tye, who had flown back to their country after withdrawing midway from the league, Ness Wadia pointed out that the situation was very different when the tournament started.

“Hats off to the Indian players who have been playing non-stop in bubbles and not complained unlike some of the foreign players.With due respect to the international cricketers including Zampa, the situation was very different a month ago.

“They should study the fact that cases were very less when we started before commenting on it. It happened during the Australia Open they shut the city down when it was happening. People didn’t complain then, why now,” Ness Wadia asked.

Apart from umpire Nitin Menon and Delhi Capitals’ spin all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, three Australians Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals), Kane Richardson, and Adam Zampa (both Royal Challengers Bangalore) left earlier midway in the tournament due to rising Covid-19 cases and fearing future travel bans.

IPL 2021
IPL 2021. Image Credits: Twitter

IPL 2021 Suspended Indefinitely Following Surge In Covid-19 Cases

IPL 2021 has been suspended indefinitely following a rise in cases of COVID-19 within the bio bubble.

The latest development to trigger a total rethink on the IPL 2021 tournament is the positive COVID-19 test result of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra.

File photos of Delhi Capitals' Amit Mishra (left) with SRH's Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source : IPLT20.COM
File photos of Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra (left) with SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source: IPLT20.COM


IPL 2021 Suspended Indefinitely After Two More Covid-19 Test Results

Around 12 noon, the top brass of the BCCI was to meet to take a final call on the fate of IPL 2021 with rescheduling the entire tournament being one of the agenda points. The BCCI had contemplated moving the whole bandwagon to one city but new positive cases in the IPL bubble did not leave them with much of a choice.

Cricbuzz understands that before going into the huddle, some IPL officials dialled a few franchises to know their views on the tournament’s future. A few of them are learned to have suggested to call it off totally. This was followed by a statement on the decision from BCCI which assured the participants of safe travel back home.

Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)

“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff, and the other participants involved in organizing the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health, and well-being of all the stakeholders in mind.”

“These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times. The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021,” read a statement from BCCI.

This comes after Wednesday’s IPL 2021 game between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals was postponed after CSK bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji tested positive for the virus. On Monday, the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore was also postponed after KKR bowlers Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy tested positive for the infection.

IPL 2021 Postponed After Amit Mishra And Wriddhiman Saha Tested Positive As BCCI Will Ensure Players Safe Travel

According to IPL Governing Council members, the decision was taken after Amit Mishra and Wriddhiman Saha too tested positive on Tuesday. Multiple BCCI officials and the franchises too confirmed the development.

On Monday, two members of the Chennai Super Kings’ IPL contingent too – bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, and a bus cleaner – had tested positive for Covid-19. CEO Kasi Viswanathan’s second report came negative in the evening. However, Laxmipathy Balaji and the team driver continued to be positive.

Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)
Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)

Many Australian players left the IPL early as the coronavirus crisis worsened, with Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson choosing to follow Andrew Tye home.

Rajasthan Royals batsman Liam Livingstone opted to return to England citing “bubble fatigue” after spending much of the last 10 months moving in and out of biosecure environments.

Meanwhile, India and Delhi Capitals spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin cut short his IPL season on April 25 to be with family who was affected by the dreaded virus. The BCCI now is in conversation with the authorities to ensure safe travel for the overseas players.

Steve Smith Image Source : TWITTER/DELHICAPITALS
Steve Smith Image Source : TWITTER/DELHICAPITALS

IPL 2021: Steve Smith Staying On Is A Surprise As His Contract Isn’t Big Enough, Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor, former Australia captain is surprised that “so many” of his Australian compatriots have stayed back in India to fulfill their Indian Premier League (IPL) commitments amid a raging Covid-19 pandemic, especially someone like Steve Smith who does not have “as big a contract as it probably should have been.”

Mark Taylor suggested that someone like Steve Smith, who was bought for INR 2.2 crores in the player auction, should have got more and was surprised that he even went to India for that in the first place.

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor. Image-Reuters

Mark Taylor Surprises As Steve Smith Stays To Play IPL 2021 Although His Contract Isn’t As Big As It Probably Should Have Been

As many as 14 Australian players, along with some coaches and commentators, are currently in India to participate in the IPL, from which three players of the country had pulled out owing to the unprecedented Covid-19 surge.

“I was a little surprised that so many of the Australians went over there. If you’re Pat Cummins, he’s on something around [INR 15.5 crore], so that’s very hard to knock back for six weeks of playing cricket,” Taylor said during a discussion on ‘Channel 9’.

Royal Challengers Bangalore players Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson, both from Australia, joined a growing list of players who are opting out of the ongoing Indian Premier League.

“Steve Smith was an interesting one because his contract was about Australian dollars 350,000 [INR 2.2 crore with Delhi Capitals), which is not to be sneezed at but for a guy like Steve Smith, it’s not as big a contract as it probably should have been. I was surprised he decided to go.”

Steve Smith
Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mark Taylor also ridiculed another Australian payer, Mumbai Indians’ Chris Lynn, for suggesting that Cricket Australia should arrange a chartered flight to bring back players at the end of the tournament. Chris Lynn had said that since Cricket Australia takes a percentage of its players’ IPL earnings, it should work towards bringing them back. Mark Taylor called the comment “very rich”.

“I think Chris Lynn’s comments were very rich, absolutely,” Taylor said on Sports Sunday.

“The 10 percent Cricket Australia does receive from a player’s contract over there surely has got something to do with actually providing the cricketer with some coaching, education along the way to become an IPL-worthy cricketer.”

Despite, three cricketers Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, and Adam Zampa returning home amid the raging crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India, 14 Australian cricketers, members of the coaching staff, and commentary teams, many Australian players are still in India doing their respective jobs.

Mark Taylor Thinks Australian Players And Coaches Are Hoping They’ll Get Home As Soon As Possible Once IPL 2021 Is Over

Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, and Kane Richardson returned home from the IPL as India’s fresh Covid-19 cases hit record highs but Mark Taylor said most of the Australian players and coaches seemed comfortable at this point.

“[Ricky] Ponting is over there, [David] Warner, Brett Lee there. Good mates of mine. Brad Haddin, Trevor Bayliss are coaching over there. I haven’t heard much from them apart from that they’re there to see [out] the end of the tournament,” Taylor said.
Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson pulled out of IPL 14 while Andrew Tye decided to leave midway | Twitter
Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson pulled out of IPL 14 while Andrew Tye decided to leave midway | Twitter

“A lot of the players have actually said they feel comfortable in the bubble they’re in; but what they would like once the tournament’s over? I think the Australian players and coaches are hoping that they’ll get home ASAP. That is what they’re after at this stage.”

The IPL ends on May 30. Australian cricketers may face trouble getting back home and could be left stranded somewhere after their media reported that the Australian government was mulling hefty fine and jail term for those returning from India, which is reeling under an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases.

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