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IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg
IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg.

IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg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 A total of 64 foreign players are allowed in IPL and in IPL 2021, 17 of them have withdrawn, dealing a blow to both BCCI and the franchises.

IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Withdrawn From The UAE Leg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Adam Zampa was one of the few players who had withdrawn from IPL 2021 before the season was suspended.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

Australian Players In IPL 2021
Australian Players In IPL 2021
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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.

Dan Christian in the nets ahead of the first T20 between Australia and West Indies at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia. Photograph: Randy Brooks/AFP/Getty Images
Dan Christian in the nets ahead of the first T20 between Australia and West Indies at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia. Photograph: Randy Brooks/AFP/Getty Images
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Justin Langer Confirms Dan Christian’s International Comeback For T20I Series Against West Indies

Dan Christian will return from the international cricket wilderness after a 4-year long gap as coach Justin Langer confirmed the all-rounder’s recall as Australia trial a fresh structure to their T20 team. Dan Christian has last played for Australia in 2017.

Australia coach Justin Langer has confirmed that all-rounder Dan Christian is set to make a comeback after the hiatus of four years in the first T20 against the West Indies on Saturday.

 Dan Christian, Australian all-rounder will make a return after four years (Courtesy: Reuters)
Dan Christian, Australian all-rounder will make a return after four years (Courtesy: Reuters)

Dan Christian Will Add Experience Of Big Bash League: Justin Langer

Australia will play a five-match T20 series against West Indies as the Australia squad comprises mostly youngsters after 7 veteran cricketers pulled out citing fatigue and a hectic schedule. Veteran allrounder Dan Christian is set to return from almost four years in exile, while fellow Sydney Sixers star Josh Philippe will also have a chance to enhance his case for the Twenty20 World Cup selection.

“He’s finally worn me down, ‘Christo’,” Justin Langer told reporters of the 38-year-old, who last played for Australia in 2017.

Justin Langer could hardly contain his excitement about the inclusion of all-rounder Dan Christian, who he said has messaged him constantly recently in the hope of being considered for a national recall in the twilight of a career that has so far yielded nine domestic T20 titles.

“I’ve been in the (head coach) job three years and every time he gets some runs in any game or competition around the world, he texts me and says ‘Coach I’m ready to go, pick me, I’m the best allrounder in Australia’.

Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

“He’s a fantastic bloke, he’s got an amazing set of hands in the field (and) he’s clever with the ball. His experience and we’ve seen throughout the Big Bash and all around the world actually, he hits the ball as cleanly as anyone,” said Langer.

Justin Langer also confirmed that another all-rounder Mitch Marsh has been promoted to bat at 3rd position in the batting lineup while Josh Philippe is expected to bat in the middle order along with Dan Christian.

“Mitch Marsh is going to bat three. We see him as a bit of an enforcer up there, he faces fast bowling as well as anyone around the place. He hits the ball with brutal power and we’re looking forward to giving him a chance at the top of the order,” said the Australian coach.

Justin Langer hinted that Ben McDermott would also be tried in the middle order and suggested back-to-back BBL title-winning captain, Moises Henriques, could return after missing Australia’s most recent T20 tour due to the ultimately-scrapped South African Test series.

Justin Langer: 6 Batsmen And 5 Specialist Bowlers Is A Successful Model

Justin Langer says the Australian camp is now looking for different ways to win games ahead of the T20 World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates. Surfaces in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi are expected to deteriorate considerably in the forthcoming months given the remainder of Indian Premier League 2021 will be played there immediately prior, while the Pakistan Super League was recently held there as well.

Justin Langer indicated Australia will pick only four specialist bowlers in the side, meaning the allrounders selected in the XI will be required to combine to contribute at least four overs.

“The six batsmen and five specialist bowlers – it’s certainly a model I’ve gone with throughout my whole head coaching career, there’s no surprise to anyone with that. And it’s been a very successful model,” said Langer.

Australia Pic: Getty
Australia Pic: Getty

“But if you look ahead We might look at this 7-4 model, where you have a couple of all-rounders. Different teams do it differently around the world.”

“Looking ahead also to the World Cup, if we look at where it’s being played – the UAE – there’s going to be an enormous amount of traffic on those wickets, with the IPL, the PSL that has already been – we’re going to play on some pretty worn wickets, especially towards the back end of the World Cup,” he added.

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.

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.

Squad

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

Traveling reserves: Nathan Ellis, Tanveer Sangha.

West Indies: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (vc), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr

Todd Greenberg (Getty)
Todd Greenberg (Getty)
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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.

File photo of Jason Behrendorff | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS
File photo of Jason Behrendorff | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS
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Jason Behrendorff Named As A Replacement By CSK For Josh Hazlewood

Jason Behrendorff, left-arm seamer was named by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as a replacement for Josh Hazlewood. Josh Hazlewood, who made his IPL debut in 2020 in the UAE, pulled out of the upcoming IPL 2021 season citing bubble fatigue and COVID-19 concerns as primary reasons.

Josh Hazlewood was supposed to be one of the trump cards for the CSK team who were placed 7th in IPL 2020 in this upcoming IPL 2021 tournament, but, he cited Australia’s upcoming winter season packed with matches and bubble fatigue as reasons for him opting out of the IPL 14. Later he revealed that along with the aforementioned reasons, the current rise of COVID-19 cases in India played a role in him not playing in this season’s IPL.

Josh Hazelwood
Josh Hazelwood (Image Credit: Twitter)

Josh Hazlewood Decided To Skip IPL 2021 For Taking A Rest As Australia Have A Packed Winter Schedule

Josh Hazlewood was to depart with other Australia’s IPL-bound players and join CSK but decided to skip the cash-rich league, which will start on April 9 and conclude on May 30, and spend time at home for the next two months. He had played 3 IPL matches in IPL 2020.

Josh Hazlewood had decided to withdraw from the T20 cash-rich league to take a small break from cricket and keep himself fresh for the Ashes and the T20 World Cup later this year.

“It’s been a long 10 months in bubbles and quarantine at different times, so I decided to have a rest from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia in the next two months. We’ve got a big winter ahead. The West Indies is going to be a long tour, with Bangladesh (T20 tour) potentially thrown on the end of that. Then potentially the T20 World Cup leading into the Ashes, so it’s a big 12 months,” Josh Hazlewood told Cricket Australia.

He will spend some time home as Australia doesn’t play an international fixture for the next few months. Josh Hazlewood wasn’t a regular in CSK’s playing XI but was retained, which hints that the franchise had plans for him.

Mitchell Marsh winces in pain BCCI
Mitchell Marsh winces in pain BCCI

Josh Hazlewood, who has 1 wicket in his 3-match IPL career, had travelled to the UAE last year. He is the third Australian who pulled out of IPL. Josh Philippe, who was retained by Royal Challengers Banglore, had pulled out of the league last month. Later, Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Mitchell Marsh had also decided against landing in India. He was ruled out of IPL 2020 after just one match. Despite that, SRH had retained him.

CSK Signs Jason Behrendorff For IPL 2021

Chennai Super Kings had previously contacted Billy Stanlake and Reece Topley to sign them as replacements for Josh Hazlewood, but COVID-19 concerns and their respective county contracts led them to refuse the offer to play in the IPL 2021.

Jason Behrendorff
Jason Behrendorff (Image Credit: Twitter)

Now the IPL website confirmed that another Australian pacer, Jason Behrendorff has been signed by CSK for the IPL 2021. Jason Behrendorff had made his IPL debut in 2019 for MI but spent most of 2020 in rehab after undergoing back surgery.

Now a fit and fine Jason Behrendorff will don the CSK yellow for IPL 2021. Jason Behrendorff, the left-arm quick, has featured in 11 ODIs and seven T20Is so far for Australia. This is his second IPL stint after having represented Mumbai Indians in 2019. He played five matches and picked up as many wickets at that time.

“Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has signed up with the Chennai Super Kings as a replacement for compatriot Josh Hazlewood for the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement.

Chennai Super Kings will get their IPL 2021 campaign underway on Saturday (April 10) in Mumbai against last year’s runners-up Delhi Capitals.

Finn Allen Twitter
Finn Allen Twitter
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Finn Allen Gets Maiden Call-up For T20I Series Against Bangladesh

Finn Allen has been handed his first New Zealand call-up for the T20I series against Bangladesh, in a squad missing six IPL-bound players, while Adam Milne is in line for a return to international cricket after more than two years out of the side with a variety of injuries.

Will Young, who has made his Test and ODI debuts this season, is also included in the T20I squad for the first time and Lockie Ferguson is set for his comeback following the back injury that has kept him sidelined since December.

Finn Allen MARTY MELVILLE/PHOTOSPORT
Finn Allen MARTY MELVILLE/PHOTOSPORT

Finn Allen Has Skills To Succeed At The Next Level: Selector Gavin Larsen

The side will be captained by Tim Southee with Kane Williamson, who has sat out the ODI series with an elbow injury, given a break before heading to the IPL along with Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham, and Tim Seifert.

Finn Allen (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Adam Milne (Mumbai Indians), and Lockie Ferguson (Kolkata Knight Riders) will head to India for IPL 2021 straight after the conclusion of the series against Bangladesh. The 21-year-old Finn Allen has been one of the breakout stars of the domestic season where he plundered 512 runs in the Super Smash for Wellington.

Adam Milne hasn't played for New Zealand since November 2018
Adam Milne hasn’t played for New Zealand since November 2018 © Getty

“It’s especially an exciting time for Finn, who will be getting his first taste of the Black Caps environment,” selector Gavin Larsen said. “His Super Smash campaign with the Firebirds was nothing short of outstanding and we believe he has the skills to succeed at the next level. We’re delighted to see Lockie and Adam return after working really hard to get back to this point. They are two of the premier fast bowlers in world cricket and it’s fantastic to be able to call on their services, in what is shaping as a big year of T20 cricket.”

“It’s certainly been a season like no other and once again we’ve had to be pragmatic in our approach,” Larsen said.

“The six guys who will miss this series are incumbents in our T20 side and the decision to give them some time at home with family before they embark on a long stint in India was principally made with their welfare in mind.”

“We’re also very aware of the need to give others opportunities in a World Cup year and it’s great to be able to introduce Finn and Will to the set-up, as well as welcome back Lockie and Adam. Tim’s a great leader in any Black Caps side, we’ve seen how well he’s slipped into the T20 captain’s position in the past and we look forward to him continuing to grow in the role.”

Gavin Larsen of New Zealand
Gavin Larsen of New Zealand Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt /Allsport

“Devon’s wicketkeeping skills are a real asset to have in a squad and we’re keen to ensure he has some international experience in this role to provide us with another option going forward.”

The Royal Challengers Bangalore had earlier signed uncapped New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Finn Allen as a like-for-like replacement for Josh Philippe who will miss the entire IPL 2021 for personal reasons.

Finn Allen, who had initially found no takers in the auction last month, had listed his base price at INR 20 lakh – identical to that of Josh Philippe who was snapped up by the Royal Challengers at the IPL 2020 auction. Like him, Finn Allen can open the batting and keep wickets if needed.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell
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Brad Hogg Believes RCB Has Taken A Gamble By Buying Glenn Maxwell

Brad Hogg believes RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) has taken a huge gamble by opting to buy Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell at an exorbitant amount.

Glenn Maxwell was released by the Punjab Kings, formerly Kings XI Punjab, ahead of the IPL 2021 Auction due to his indifferent performances last season at UAE. However, RCB acquired the maverick all-rounders’ services by paying a whopping ₹14.25 crore at the auction.

Glenn Maxwell. Image Credits: Twitter
Glenn Maxwell. Image Credits: Twitter

Brad Hogg Doesn’t Know The Reason For RCB For Buying Him As He Did Well In Only 2 IPLs Out Of 9 IPLs He Featured

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, former spinner Brad Hogg was asked by a fan the reason behind Glenn Maxwell getting such a large amount despite his below-average performances. Glenn Maxwell has been inconsistent in the past few seasons of IPL, and there were doubts that he will be amongst the most in-demand but the auction proved otherwise.

The right-handed batsman managed to amass only 108 runs in 13 games at a pathetic average of 15.43 with a strike rate of 101.89 and failed even to hit a single six in IPL 2020.

Brad Hogg (PTI Photo)
Brad Hogg (PTI Photo)

The former Australian spinner responded that he is also clueless and stated that RCB had taken a “huge risk” by picking him.

“I don’t know why RCB have gone for him because out of nine IPLs, he has only performed in two of them. This is a huge risk. You are on a prayer with him,” said Hogg.

Brad Hogg reckons RCB might be looking to promote South African star batsman AB de Villiers up the order to give him more time in the middle of the crease to get set and score vital runs.

“I am thinking they have got AB de Villiers who they used down in the lower-order last year to finish off the innings in some games. They don’t want that, they want him to bat higher up and try and use as many overs as possible,” observed Hogg.

Glenn Maxwell has been inconsistent in the past few seasons of IPL, and there were doubts that he will be amongst the most in-demand but the auction proved otherwise. Glenn Maxwell represented Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2020 and endured a forgettable edition after receiving a bid of INR 10.75 crores.

Brad Hogg : RCB Will Open With Virat Kohli And Devdutt Padikkal

Brad Hogg believes RCB is likely to play Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal as openers, with AB de Villiers coming in at No.3. The 50-year-old spinner feels the presence of Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers might allow Glenn Maxwell to play more freely.

“I think they will open with Virat Kohli and Padikkal, AB de Villiers coming in at No.3 and Maxwell will come in around No.4 or No.5. I just think with that pressure taken off Maxwell, with the two legends of the game – Kohli and De Villiers – they think that he might stand up and deliver,” said Hogg.

Devdutt Padikkal , RCB Twitter handle
Devdutt Padikkal , RCB Twitter handle

Brad Hogg concluded by reiterating that Glenn Maxwell attracting such huge bids despite his insipid performances in the IPL is unfathomable.

“It’s yet to be seen but the money that Glenn Maxwell gets, it’s well over-priced for his performances but it’s not his fault. He is always putting his name in the auction and teams keep buying him,” Hogg concluded.

It will be interesting to see whether RCB decides to open with skipper Virat Kohli or use Josh Philippe instead. In either case, the Bangalore-based franchise would depend a lot on Glenn Maxwell, as their middle-order lacks experience. RCB has acquired the services of in-form Mohammed Azharudeen, Rajat Patidar, Daniel Sams, Sachin Baby, Daniel Christian, and Srikar Bharat as batsmen who haven’t much experience in IPL and international cricket.

Royal Challengers Bangalore splurged a whopping INR 29.25 crore on two overseas all-rounders in Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson during the IPL 2021 auction held in Chennai yesterday. Despite spending a maximum of INR 84.65 crore, Royal Challengers have the least number of players (22).

Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli, RCB
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Overseas Players Couldn’t Contribute To Virat Kohli-Led RCB In IPL 2020: Manoj Tiwary

Manoj Tiwary, an Indian cricketer who plays for Bengal in the domestic circuit has blamed RCB skipper Virat Kohli’s failure as an IPL captain on a combination of poor selection, team strategy, and some bad luck.

Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the franchises that are yet to win an IPL title ever since the league’s inception in 2008. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s best performance under skipper Virat Kohli came in 2016 when the team finished runners-up.

Manoj Tiwary (Reuters Photo)
Manoj Tiwary (Reuters Photo)

Manoj Tiwary: Lots Of Reasons For Virat Kohli’s Team Not Winning IPL

Manoj Tiwary tried to decode one of the IPL’s biggest mysteries while speaking to Sportskeeda’s Indranil Basu in an SK Live session on Facebook.

He explained: “There are lots of reasons for it (Virat Kohli not winning IPL). His record with the Indian cricket team is far better than his record with RCB as a captain. To build a good team, you have to have a good combination.”

Manoj Tiwary pointed out South African swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers not keeping wickets at the beginning of the tournament held in UAE hurt the team’s prospects.

“Until and unless AB de Villiers keeps for the whole tournament, you will not be able to play another overseas player in your team. We did not see AB keep in the first six or seven games. But eventually, they had to do it,” said Tiwary.

AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe, IPL 2020 in UAE, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB),
AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe, IPL 2020 in UAE, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

Manoj Tiwary added that the failures of star players and the absence of some overseas players due to injury didn’t help Virat Kohli’s cause in IPL 2020.

“Josh Philippe was a big letdown (last season). They thought he would come and do the job for them at the top of the batting line-up. Unfortunately, he could not contribute. When your overseas players cannot contribute, then your team is in trouble. Chris Morris was also injured in the first half of the tournament,” noted Tiwary.

“Virat Kohli had made a statement that after so many years, they had a balanced side this year (IPL 2020). Unfortunately… Aaron Finch was disappointing as well. These are the main factors (for RCB struggling),” Tiwary added.

Josh Phillipe scored only 78 runs in 5 matches averaging 19.5. Aaron Finch was another letdown scoring only 268 runs in 12 games averaging 22.33. Moeen Ali scored only 12 runs and picked 1 wicket in 3 games and was another failure. Chris Morris did well with the ball picking 11 scalps in 9 games and scored 34 runs with the bat but couldn’t play all matches due to recurrent injuries.

Manoj Tiwary: No comparison between Virat Kohli’s RCB and Rohit Sharma’s MI

Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the IPL has often been compared to Mumbai Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s, who has led the Mumbai Indians to a record five IPL titles. However, according to veteran Manoj Tiwary, a comparison between the duo is unfair.

“Rohit Sharma’s team and Virat Kohli’s team are completely different. Everything boils down to the combination of the team. Players like Hardik and Krunal, from the time they have come in, have looked unbeaten. They have good three good all-rounders in the lower-order. So, when they get a good start, then they know that these three guys will finish the job for them,” said Tiwary.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma(Source: IPL)
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma(Source: IPL)

“They have a good scouting team. I can vouch for that. RCB does not have that,” the 35-year-old added.

RCB has retained just 12 squad members before the IPL 2021 auction and released 10 players. The release list includes recently-retired Parthiv Patel and Dale Steyn, who opted out of IPL 2021. RCB released Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Pavan Negi, Parthiv Patel (retired), Dale Steyn (unavailable), Isuru Udana, Umesh Yadav from their IPL 2020 squad before IPL 2021.

Kane Richardson
Kane Richardson (Credits: Twitter)
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Kane Richardson Withdraws From Australia’s ODI And T20I Squads; Andrew Tye Makes An Entry

Kane Richardson, Australian pacer has withdrawn from the national squads for both the ODI and T20I series against India, starting November 27 and he is replaced by Andrew Tye.

On Tuesday, November 17, after another COVID-19 outbreak in South Australia near Adelaide, many cricketers, including Test captain Tim Paine, were airlifted to Sydney in a chartered flight arranged by Cricket Australia (CA).

Kane Richardson (left) and Andrew Tye (right)
Kane Richardson (left) and Andrew Tye (right)

Kane Richardson Made A Difficult Decision To Remain In Adelaide: Trevor Hohns

However, Kane Richardson, who also opted out of IPL 2020 since he became a father recently, decided to stay back with his wife and newborn baby. Fast bowler Andrew Tye has replaced him in the white-ball squads consisting of three ODIs and as many T20Is.

“It was a difficult decision for Kane to make but one which has the complete support of the selectors and the entire playing squad,” Trevor Hohns, the national selector, was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.

Trevor Hohns
Trevor Hohns Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Kane wanted to remain in Adelaide with Nyki and their son. We will always support our players and their families; even more so given the challenging environment, we are in. We will miss what he brings to the team but completely understand and support his decision,” he added.

Cricket Australia (CA) has shown empathy towards pacer Kane Richardson for the time being after he opted out of the limited-overs series against India.

Kane Richardson Replaced By Andrew Tye In Limited Overs Squad

Apart from Andrew Tye’s inclusion, wicket-keeper Josh Phillipe and opener D’Arcy Short will also train with the squad in Sydney before joining their respective teams for the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21. The coronavirus wave in South Australia has resulted in the closure of state borders and players flying to Sydney.

D'Arcy Short
D’Arcy Short. Credit: Twitter

Cricketers namely Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Andrew Tye and D’Arcy Short were severely affected. Josh Philippe, on the other hand, is already in Sydney after playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL. Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia have closed their borders with South Australia.

With chances of New South Wales also closing the borders, CA decided to fly the likes of Marnus Labuschagne and Tim Paine to Sydney. The rest of Australia’s squad are set to join the squad on Sunday, November 22. The opening ODI between Australia and India is scheduled to be played on November 27 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Jason Holder is disappointed with his side's performance in the Tri-series.
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IPL 2020: Dew Factor Makes It Difficult To Defend At Sharjah – Jason Holder

Jason Holder, the all-rounder of SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) who defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by five wickets after chasing the paltry total of 121 runs target on Saturday, feels that defending at Sharjah is quite difficult.

Wriddhiman Saha and Jason Holder scored 39 and 26 respectively as SRH defeated RCB at the iconic Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Manish Pandey too scored 26 as SRH managed to reach the target in just 14.1 overs while losing five wickets.

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha Batting (Image Credit: IPL)

Jason Holder: Trying To Defend At Sharjah Is Difficult Considering Dew Factor

The David Warner-led side registered a comprehensive win as they won the match with 35 balls to spare. Thus, the star all-rounder Holder maintained that toss played a vital role and they had made up their mind to bowl first on the track.

“It wasn’t easy. I just wanted to be positive and finish the game. Quite a bit of dew in the last few games. We knew toss was crucial and we wanted to chase,” Jason Holder host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.

Jason Holder
Jason Holder (Image Credit: IPL)

“Trying to defend here is quite difficult. You are not quite sure of a par total with these boundaries and the dew factor,” he added.

With this win, SRH have now climbed to the fourth spot on the IPL 2020 points table with 12 points from 13 matches. On the other hand, RCB is at second spot with 14 points from 13 matches.

Jason Holder Was Looking For An Opportunity And Got One Against Bangalore

Jason Holder remained unbeaten on 26 from 10 balls which consisted of 1 boundary and three sixes as SRH easily reached the target with five wickets remaining. For RCB, Josh Philippe top-scored with 32 but none of the batsmen had a good strike rate above 120 which saw them managing only 120/7 as Sandeep Sharma, pacer of SRH returned with figures of 2/20 to bag Man of the Match award. Jason Holder too returned with figures of 2/27 while T Natarajan had figures of 1/11 in 4 overs.

“We have got a really good balance and we got to close the tournament well. I was just longing for an opportunity with the bat and tonight I got one,” said SRH all-rounder Holder.

Sandeep Sharma
Sandeep Sharma

SRH will next take on Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, November 3 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Indians is the only team to have qualified for the playoffs.