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Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis has signed for an IPL franchise for the 2021 season | Courtesy: @HurricanesBBL | Photo Credit: Twitter
Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis has signed for an IPL franchise for the 2021 season | Courtesy: @HurricanesBBL | Photo Credit: Twitter
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Nathan Ellis Finalised As A Replacement Player In the UAE Leg Of IPL 2021

Nathan Ellis, Australian pacer is having a dream year. He got to make his T20I debut against Bangladesh recently and made it memorable by picking a hat-trick. Apart from that, he was also named as a reserve player in the squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

Now, the year 2021 has got even bigger for him as one of the unnamed IPL teams has picked him for the UAE leg which is set to resume on September 19 as it was postponed due to a bio bubble breach in India in early May. Interestingly, he was being chased by three different franchises before one team finalized him.

Nathan Ellis
Nathan Ellis. (Photo by Md Manik/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Nathan Ellis Will Come As A Replacement Player In IPL 2021’s UAE Leg

The pacer’s final IPL deal will be approved by Cricket Australia (CA) and then Nathan Ellis will be eligible to play in one of the best franchise T20 leagues going across the globe. If the 26-year-old continues to impress in the IPL 2021, then Australia could also include him in the main squad. Interestingly, Nathan Eilis went unsold in the IPL auctions earlier this year. But an opportunity came along for him when the 14th edition of IPL 2021 got postponed due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India.

Nathan Ellis Takes Hat-Trick Against Bangladesh in Debut T20I
Nathan Ellis Takes Hat-Trick Against Bangladesh in Debut T20I (Image Credit: Twitter)

With the eight franchises desperate to finalize the teams due to certain players declining the UAE leg of IPL, Nathan Ellis is one of the players who will come to the second leg as a replacement player. The 26-year-old player attracted the spotlight with a hat-trick in his debut match. Picking 5 wickets in 2 games, he emerged as a powerful bowler during Australia’s miserable 4-1 loss to Bangladesh in the series.

Nathan Ellis Made An Impression In The Big Bash League And Was Praised By New Chief Selector Of Australia George Bailey

Nathan Ellis first made an impression in the Big Bash League (BBL) while playing for Hobart Hurricanes. Once rejected for being too short as a fast bowler, he kept on continuing with his dream of being a pacer. His life changed 360 degrees when he decided to move to Tasmania.

“There were no promises or anything, but it was, ‘If you train well and play well, you’ll get the chance’,” Ellis told cricket.com.au in 2019. “That was enough for me.”

Australia chief selector George Bailey hailed Nathan Ellis’ commitment and patience in putting hard yards.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

“It’s a great story of perseverance and commitment to the cause,” Bailey said.

“In terms of what you’re after from those reserves and knowing we can’t carry that many of them, you want someone who can cover as many bases as you can, particularly in T20 and the distinct roles of bowling with the newer ball and finishing off at the death.”

Australian fast bowlers Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson, and Riley Meredith are among the contracted Australian players who are not expected to return to the UAE leg of IPL 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore had already drafted in Scott Kuggelign as Kane Richardson’s replacement and the New Zealander is likely to continue in Phase 2.

Kolkata Knight Riders are likely to make a move for Nathan Ellis to replace Pat Cummins, while the same could be the same for Punjab Kings, who are set to be without Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith. Furthermore, Rajasthan Royals could also emerge as suitors, with Jofra Archer ruled out of the tournament with an injury.

Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman
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Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi And Mujeeb ur Rahman’s Participation In IPL 2021 Uncertain As Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan

Rashid Khan grew up in a war-torn Afghanistan and rose through the ranks. Ever since his debut IPL season in 2017, Rashid Khan has garnered all the right eyeballs owing to his mastery with the ball. The leg-spinner turned in a few memorable match-winning efforts in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s journey to the finals of the 2018 edition.

He took 21 wickets and emerged as the second-highest wicket-taker in that edition. Over the years he has been one of the most sought-after players in global franchise T20 leagues and with a wealth of experience, he is definitely a threat to the opposition. In IPL, he has picked 85 scalps in 69 games averaging 20.1 at an economy rate of 6.23. His economy rate is the best in IPL history, even better than Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath, and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Image Credits: Twitter

Rashid Khan’s Participation In Remainder Of IPL 2021 Uncertain As Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan

With the political situation taking a new turn in Afghanistan, uncertainty, and unpredictability is looming around the future of their top cricketers, especially Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi, as both of whom are due to compete in the remainder of the IPL in the UAE from September 19. The Taliban is set to take over the reins of the South Asian country as President Ashraf Ghani has reportedly fled to Tajikistan.

Rashid Khan is playing for Trent Rockets and Mohammed Nabi is representing London Spirits. The duo isn’t in Afghanistan. They are in the United Kingdom, competing in the ‘Hundred’ tournament.  The BCCI is keeping an eye on the developments and is hoping to see the participation of Afghan players in the India Premier League.

Mohammad Nabi is SRH's lucky charm
Mohammad Nabi is SRH’s lucky charm | Photo Credit: AP

“It is too early to comment but we are keeping a watch. For us, nothing changes and we expect Rashid and other Afghan players would be part of IPL,” a BCCI source told PTI.

It remains to be seen if Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi stay back in the UK after completion of ‘The Hundred’ on August 21 as they have families back home. And if they decide to stay back in the UK, it will be interesting to see if the BCCI asks them to be on the same charter flight that will take the Indian players to the UAE from Manchester on September 15. Both Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi play for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The BCCI is expected to speak with the Afghanistan Cricket Board on the situation.

Afghanistan’s all-rounder and one of their most dependable players, Mohammad Nabi has been instrumental in Afghanistan’s rise through the ranks to the 2015 Cricket World Cup and their induction into the Test club. He is a right-hand middle-order batsman and a clever off-spinner who has often chipped in with critical performances for Afghanistan and for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, And Mujeeb ur Rahman’s Participation In IPL 2021 When It Resumes Is Doubtful

As per ICC’s FTP schedule, Afghanistan is scheduled to tour Sri Lanka for six white-ball games this month but the final schedule is still not out yet. Rashid Khan is also Afghanistan’s T20 captain.

Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, and Mujeeb-ur Rahman are some of the Afghanistan players who are regular features in IPL teams. Rashid Khan is one of the most sought-after T20 freelancers in world cricket currently. Both Mohammed Nabi and Rashid Khan have urged the world leaders to intervene as Afghanistan faces its worst socio-political crisis in the last two decades.

“Dear World Leaders! My country is in chaos, thousand of innocent people, including children & women, get martyred everyday, houses & properties being destructed. Thousands of families displaced. Don’t leave us in chaos. Stop killing Afghans & destroying of Afghanistan. We want peace,” Rashid had tweeted a few days back.

Mujeeb Ur Rehman
Mujeeb Ur Rehman for KXIP(now PBKS) | Photo Credit: IANS

Afghanistan’s Mujeeb-ur Rahman had taken IPL 2018 by storm on his way to picking 14 wickets in 11 matches at under 7 runs an over. He also became a part of Afghanistan’s first-ever Test match against India in 2018, following a superb season with the ball.

He didn’t have a memorable 2019 and 2020  season as he picked up only three wickets from a total of seven games in two years. After being part of Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), Mujeeb-ur Rahman would have gained some much-needed experience and will be looking to make the most of his outing in 2021 with Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
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Cricket Australia And England And Wales Cricket Board Confirm Players Availability For 2nd Leg Of IPL 2021 In UAE

Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have officially confirmed the availability of their players for the second half of IPL 2021. Both boards informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday that they have no objection to sending their players to the opulent competition.

Now, it’s up to the individual players whether to take part or not. This won’t be much of an issue either. Australian players like Glenn Maxwell and David Warner opted out of international tours to be available for IPL 2021 while the ECB shifted its international tour of Bangladesh to make space for the tournament.

Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia And England And Wales Cricket Board Officially Confirmed Availability Of Cricketers For IPL 2021 2nd Leg At UAE

Kasi Viswanathan, the CEO of Chennai Super Kings, confirmed receiving communication from the BCCI to Cricbuzz. Cricket Australia issued no-objection certificates to Australian players, allowing them to participate in the Indian Premier League when the tournament resumes in the UAE from September 19.

He said: “We have got a call from the IPL office and have been informed that the boards have no objection to their players’ participation. It is now up to the players. Our Australian and English players (Jason Behrendorff, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali) are available.”

MS Dhoni-led CSK reached Dubai for IPL 2021 on Friday, becoming the second team after defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) to do so.

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL

Although not many official hurdles remain now for the players’ participation in IPL 2021, there’s still some internal debate going on in the public, especially about the workload issues ahead of the T20 World Cup. Arch-rivals CSK and MI will kick off the tournament on September 19, which will go on till October 15.

England’s three-ODI and three-T20I tour of Bangladesh, scheduled for September and October, has been moved to March 2023. It opens up the opportunity for England’s limited-overs cricketers like Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, and Sam Curran to play the Indian Premier League.

Cricket Australia has issued No Objection Certificates for the players to return to the IPL next month, while a planned T20 tri-series with Afghanistan and West Indies may be re-purposed as (T20) World Cup warm-ups.

Ricky Ponting: IPL 2021 Undoubtedly Best Preparation For The T20I World Cup

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, head coach of Delhi Capitals, however, dismissed these concerns on Friday, saying IPL 2021 would be the “best preparation” for the players.

“Those guys that haven’t played for three or four months now, they need to get back into the groove of playing high-quality cricket against the best players in the world. No doubt it’s their best preparation (for the T20 World Cup) to be in those exact conditions, playing in probably the strongest domestic T20 tournament in the world.

“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,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)

Elsewhere, David Warner of Australia has confirmed availability for Sunrisers Hyderabad which also has the services of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow (both England). Australians Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis have already informed their franchise Delhi Capitals that they would be showing up for the tournament. There are 14 English and 20 Australians in different franchises for IPL 2021.

Cricket Australia (CA) on Sunday cleared the way for its players to take part in the remainder of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) in the UAE in September and October. Cricket Australia’s clearance came after the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced the postponement of a three-match ODI series between the two nations that was originally planned to be held in India ahead of the T20 World Cup

IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
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IPL 2021: The UAE Government Would Allow 60 Percent Attendance For 2nd Phase Of IPL 2021 At UAE

IPL 2021 received a big boost when the UAE government decided to allow 60 percent attendance at the stadiums for the second phase of the IPL 2021. This decision was taken after thorough consultations with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), as per the reports in the Telegraph.

Earlier, when the BCCI hosted the IPL 2021 in India before it got indefinitely postponed due to a bio-bubble breach, where no crowds were allowed at the venues, keeping the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in mind.

The Emirates Cricket Board are closely working the UAE government to allow fans inside stadiums during IPL 2021.
The Emirates Cricket Board is closely working with the UAE government to allow fans inside stadiums during IPL 2021.

IPL 2021: The UAE Government’s Decision To Allow 60 Percent Attendance Will Come As A Massive Boost For Players Playing IPL 2021

Likewise, no spectators were allowed to watch the games live during IPL 2020, when the entire tournament was played in the UAE. With 60 percent of the audience turning up at the stadiums, it will be a massive boost for the players while playing the IPL matches.

The BCCI had announced the entire schedule of the remainder of IPL 2021 last month. According to it, in the span of over 27 days, a total of 31 matches will be played.  Amit Mishra(DC), Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakravarthy(KKR), and Wriddhiman Saha(SRH) contracted the virus. Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach Michael Hussey and bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji had also contracted the virus in India which led to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2021.

Fans At An UAE Stadium During IPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Fans At An UAE Stadium During IPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)

The second phase of IPL 2021 will commence on September 19 with a game between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Dubai. A total of 31 games, including the playoffs, will be played in this phase of the tournament. It will come to a close with the final on October 15. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah are the three venues shortlisted to host the remaining IPL 2021 matches.

CSK and MI Are The First 2 Teams To Reach The UAE

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL

Before the IPL 2021 came to an abrupt halt due to rising COVID-19 cases within the franchises, the Delhi Capitals (DC) were at the top of the table with 12 points (six wins in eight matches). CSK and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were second and third with five wins from seven games, while MI was fourth with four wins in seven matches.

The Rajasthan Royals (RR) and the Punjab Kings (PBKS) have won three games each out of seven and eight matches, respectively. Kolkata Knight Riders won just two games out of seven, while Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) got over the line only once in seven appearances and is at the bottom of the points table.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)
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CSK Skipper MS Dhoni Lands In Chennai Before Indian Players’ Departure On August 13

CSK (Chennai Super Kings) skipper MS Dhoni landed in Chennai on Tuesday ahead of the departure of a group of players to the UAE, which will host the remainder of the Indian Premier League next month. A bunch of Indian players will travel to the UAE most likely on August 13, a top CSK official said.

With just a few weeks left for the IPL 2021 Phase 2, BCCI has given permission to the franchises to start heading to UAE after August 10. The MS Dhoni-led CSK franchise is looking to head over to Dubai next weekend. CSK has confirmed that the players and support staff will leave for Dubai on August 13. The CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan has said that the team is looking to arrive in Dubai on August 14 or 15.

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)

CSK Skipper MS Dhoni Lands In Chennai

It is notable that Chennai Super Kings usually starts practice a month or at least 15 days earlier as several players from the franchise are retired while some of them are yet to play in the international arena. Thus, the training helps them get in the groove and ensure they are on top of the opposition from the onset. They had previously started training in Chennai for a month ahead of the IPL 2021. The results showed for it as they won 5 out of 7 matches in the opening leg.

“Indian players in the team, whoever is available, will travel to UAE on August 13 in all likelihood,” CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan told PTI.

Fans celebrated MS Dhoni’s arrival in Chennai on social media.

“Lion Day Entry,” CSK posted with a photo of Dhoni on its Twitter handle about the captain reaching the city. There will be no camp in Chennai before the CSK players fly out to the UAE, Viswanathan said.

CSK-Chennai Super Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)
CSK-Chennai Super Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)

The second half of the IPL 2021 will be held in UAE from September 19 after the tournament was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in its bubble.

The BCCI then decided to conduct the remaining matches in the UAE, which successfully hosted IPL 2020. CSK resumes its IPL campaign on September 19 with a match against Mumbai Indians. The MS Dhoni-led side was in the second spot with 10 points after seven games before the league was postponed due to a bio bubble breach.

CSK’s Three Key Foreign Players Are Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, And Faf du Plessis

The England all-rounder Moeen Ali was the star performer for the side during the first half of IPL 2021 and something similar is expected from him in the UAE leg too. CSK’s new No.3, Moeen Ali slammed 206 runs in six innings at an average of 34.33 and a strike rate of 157.25. He also picked up five wickets and turned a couple of games on his own.

Sam Curran is a key all-rounder for the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings. The English all-rounder had a wonderful outing in the IPL 2020 edition and was one of the few positives for the side which had a forgettable campaign. In IPL 2020, Sam Curran scored 186 runs and also picked up 13 wickets in 14 innings.

Sam Curran for CSK (Photo: Twitter/@IPL)
Sam Curran for CSK (Photo: Twitter/@IPL)

Chennai Super Kings batting mainstay Faf du Plessis is the third leading run-getter in the IPL 2021 phase 1. The former South Africa skipper has amassed 320 runs in 7 innings at an average of 64.00, including 4 fifties. He is a vital cog in the batting lineup for CSK.

The platform laid by Faf du Plessis and opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (196 runs at a strike rate of 128.94) eased the pressure on the middle order and went a long way enabling CSK to put up massive totals. Ambati Rayudu-136 runs, Ravindra Jadeja-131 runs, Suresh Raina-123 runs also were among runs.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy, Image Credits: Twitter
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IPL 2021: BCCI Asks 8 Teams To Ensure 2 Doses Of Covid-19 Vaccination For All Players

IPL 2021 was paused as Covid-19 cases hit the team camps despite the presence of bio-bubble. It was then decided that the remainder of the IPL will be scheduled in the UAE and kick start from September 19.

Keeping an eye on the COVID-19 situation, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked all eight franchises to ensure that every member travelling to UAE for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) is fully vaccinated before leaving the country. Sources in the know of developments confirmed the same.

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

IPL 2021 Resumption See BCCI Asking All 8 Franchises To Ensure Every Member Traveling To UAE Is Fully Vaccinated

The BCCI had announced the entire schedule of the remainder of IPL 2021 last month. According to it, in the span of over 27 days, a total of 31 matches will be played. Ahead of the resumption of the tournament, it becomes pivotal that all the players and staff members are vaccinated to avoid any further concerns to the smooth running of the event

“We have been told that all those traveling should have completed taking both the doses of vaccination so that there is no problem once teams reach UAE. The quarantine process is most likely going to be seven days before teams can start training,” the source told ANI.

Last month, the BCCI announced the schedule for the remainder of the IPL 2021 which will be held in the UAE. A total of 31 matches will be played in the duration of 27 days. The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians with MS Dhoni Of Chennai Super Kings (Photo credit: Twitter/@ImRo45)
Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians with MS Dhoni Of Chennai Super Kings (Photo credit: Twitter/@ImRo45)

Rohit Sharma is the most successful IPL captain with 5 titles against his name for Mumbai Indians while MS Dhoni has won all the major tournaments of ICC, mainly the 50-overs World Cup in 2011, World T20 title in 2007, and also won the IPL title 3 times with CSK team.

The action will then shift to Abu Dhabi where the Kolkata Knight Riders will square off against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sharjah will host its first game on September 24 when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Chennai Super Kings. In all, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and 8 in Abu Dhabi.

Eoin Morgan Of KKR Is Available While Pat Cummins Likely To Miss The UAE Leg

While the BCCI has confirmed that England players will be available for the resumption of the league in the UAE, Australia and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer Pat Cummins is likely to miss the UAE leg. He was the most expensive buy in the 2020 IPL Auction after being bagged by KKR for a whopping 15.50 crores.

The pacer has said he hasn’t made an official call on not playing in the IPL 2021 but admitted it will be “tough” to go to UAE and play in the league. 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.

“Unfortunately, at this stage, I probably won’t be going to the IPL 2021. I haven’t made an official call on it. But my partner is pregnant and our baby is due in the middle of the IPL 2021. At the moment, there is a travel restriction to get back to Australia, you got to do 2 weeks quarantine,” the Australian fast bowler said on his YouTube channel.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]
Eoin Morgan has confirmed he will return to the Kolkata Knight Riders for the rescheduled second half of the IPL in the UAE in September-October following the postponement of England’s limited-overs tour to Bangladesh. Jos Buttler, the Rajasthan Royals keeper, however, wasn’t too sure about making the trip to the UAE.

England was due to play three ODIs and three T20Is in Bangladesh in September-October but the ECB and the BCB released statements confirming that they had “mutually decided” to postpone the tour until March 2023.

Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
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Pat Cummins Likely To Miss IPL 2021 When It Resumes In The UAE

Pat Cummins, Australia, and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer is likely to miss the resumption of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE from September 19.

The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

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

Pat Cummins Hints That Probably He Won’t Be Going To UAE To Play The IPL 2021

Pat Cummins said that he hasn’t made an official call on not playing in the IPL 2021 but admitted it will be “tough” to go to UAE and play in the cash-rich league.

“Unfortunately, at this stage, I probably won’t be going to the IPL. I haven’t made an official call on it. But my partner is pregnant and our baby is due in the middle of the IPL. At the moment, there is a travel restriction to get back to Australia, you got to do 2 weeks quarantine,” the Australian fast bowler said on his YouTube channel.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

“There is probably going to be somedays quarantine going to UAE. So it’s going to be tough to go and play there,” he added.

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. He was the most expensive buy in the 2020 IPL Auction after being bagged by KKR for a whopping 15.50 crores.

Pat Cummins’ KKR teammates Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, and Tim Seifert had tested positive for Covid-19 leading to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2021.

Most Australian players, including all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, are likely to participate in the second phase of IPL 2021 when the tournament resumes in UAE. The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams, all of who had pulled out of the West Indies tour recently, will turn up for their respective franchises when the T20 league resumes.

BCCI Confirms England Players’ Availability For IPL 2021 2nd Phase

Earlier in the day, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that the English players will be available for the resumption of the IPL 2021.

Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments said the BCCI has received the green signal from the England and Wales Cricket Board on the participation of the English players and is the perfect example of the brilliant working relation BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has with the English and Bangladesh cricket board.

BCCI, ECB Logo
BCCI, ECB Logo

Last month, the BCCI announced the schedule for the remainder of the IPL 2021 which will be held in the UAE. A total of 31 matches will be played in the duration of 27 days. In all, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and in Abu Dhabi.

KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
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Eoin Morgan Confirms He Will Play In The 2nd Leg Of The IPL 2021

Eoin Morgan has confirmed his participation in the second leg of the Indian Premier League, which was postponed earlier this year after 29 games due to a spate of Covid-19 cases in the camps of four different teams across two cities.

The rescheduled season will commence in the UAE in September, where the remaining 31 games will be played across three venues (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah).

This was incidentally the same window where England was scheduled to tour Bangladesh for three ODIs and as many T20Is. However, with that tour now postponed to March 2023, all of England’s IPL players are free to resume their duties as the 14th edition of the IPL resumes.

Eoin Morgan, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler
Eoin Morgan, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler

Eoin Morgan: Not A Bad Thing For England Cricketers To Take Time Off Or Go To The UAE To Participate In The IPL 2021

BCCI has confirmed that the English players will be available for the resumption of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be held in the UAE from September 19. The postponement of the England-Bangladesh series has opened the doors for the English players to use the IPL as preparatory ground for the T20I World Cup which gets underway just after the IPL at the same venue.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Eoin Morgan, on Tuesday, stated:  “I think it was a win-win either way. If we went to Bangladesh we’d play in conditions that are foreign to us. If some guys go to the IPL, they’ll play in similar conditions [to the World Cup] or for guys that need a rest, they take a rest.”

“We’ve a lot of cricket to play between now and then. We’ve planned on the tour going ahead – that’s been part of our planning for a long time now – but equally, given the nature in which we now compete and live our lives, it’s not a bad thing for guys to either take time off or go to the IPL if they feel refreshed and have enough energy,” said Eoin Morgan.

England’s IPL contingent includes Moeen Ali and Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings), Sam Billings, Tom Curran, and Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), Eoin Morgan (Kolkata Knight Riders), Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan (Punjab Kings), Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals), and Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy (Sunrisers Hyderabad).

Rajasthan Royals also had Liam Livingstone, Jofra Archer, and Ben Stokes, although all of them were either injured or unavailable during the first leg.

KKR was placed in the 7th spot in IPL 2021 before it got suspended with 4 points, after just managing 2 wins from 7 matches. Eoin Morgan, the 2019 England World Cup-winning skipper, also could only score 92 runs in 7 matches and failed to score runs for the team on many occasions.

BCCI Received Green Signal From BCB On Participation Of England Players In IPL

Sources in the know of developments said the BCCI has received the green signal from the England and Wales Cricket Board on the participation of the English players and is the perfect example of the brilliant working relation BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has with the English and Bangladesh cricket board.

England and Bangladesh were set to play three ODIs and three T20Is in September-October 2021. But the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury has said the board is trying to reschedule the series against England after the T20 World Cup.  England is still set to tour Pakistan for a two-match T20I series which will take place October 14 and October 15 before the T20 World Cup 2021 and the tour is still onboard.

Bangladesh Cricket Team
Bangladesh Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

Last month, the BCCI announced the schedule for the remainder of the IPL 2021 which will be held in the UAE. A total of 31 matches will be played in the duration of 27 days. The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings led by MS Dhoni and Mumbai Indians led by Rohit Sharma.

The action will then shift to Abu Dhabi where the Kolkata Knight Riders will square off against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sharjah will host its first game on September 24 when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Chennai Super Kings. In all, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and 8 in Abu Dhabi.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith- Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
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Pat Cummins Terms Steve Smith As The Most Complete Test Batsman

Pat Cummins picked his Australian and New South Wales team-mate, Steve Smith, as the “most complete Test batsman” during a Q&A session on YouTube on Tuesday.

Pointing out Steve Smith’s ability to adapt according to conditions that are in offer, Pat Cummins called the former Australia skipper a problem solver who has the unique ability to master every condition.

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

Pat Cummins: Steve Smith Solves Whatever Problem He Has In Front Of Him

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 and Bangladesh series. 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.

Answering a question from a fan on the most complete Test batter he has seen, the 28-year-old pacer replied: “I am going to be biased here. I am an Australian and have seen Steve Smith score hundreds here in Australia, in the fast and bouncy wicket, in South Africa where the wickets are green and its seams, in England against the swinging Duke’s ball and in spin fests in India.

“Steve Smith solves whatever problem he has in front of him. He’s better than anyone I have seen.”

Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)
Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Steve Smith would be a topper in most of the unbiased lists as well. The 32-year-old former Australian captain has 7,570 runs from 77 Tests at an average of 61.8. Except in Bangladesh, he doesn’t average below 40 in any country.

He averages 59.55 in England, a country where visiting batters often find themselves at sea. Even batting in India has been a challenge for most visitors in recent times, but Steve Smith averages 60 there. For anyone with over 1,500 runs in Test cricket, Steve Smith’s batting average is only next to Don Bradman. It’s even more incredible for someone who debuted as a leg-spinning all-rounder.

Pat Cummins Reveals His Favourite All Rounder Mitchell Marsh

Pat Cummins also went on to reveal his favourite all-rounder. He went with his Australian teammate Mitchell Marsh. Mitchell Marsh had a brilliant T20I tour of the West Indies last month where he scored 219 runs at 43.8, striking at over 152. He also picked up eight wickets at an average of 11 and went for only 6.76 runs an over. On Tuesday, he top-scored for Australia with a 45 in their loss in the first T20I against Bangladesh.

“My good mate Mitchell Marsh. Got to love him. Had a great series against the West Indies lately,” added Pat Cummins, the No.1 Test bowler, who is currently in a break and readying for fatherhood.

Mitchell Marsh starred with bat and ball Getty Images
Mitchell Marsh starred with bat and ball Getty Images

Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, and Mitchell Marsh are expected to unite in October when Australia begins their T20 World Cup campaign. It’s the only major white-ball tournament that Australia hasn’t won.

Australia T20 stars are expected to be part of IPL 2021 once it resumes in UAE in September this year. According to a report, barring a few who have already stated their unavailability for the 2nd phase of IPL to be played in UAE, the IPL franchises will not have to ponder and sweat over the absence of their overseas stars, especially from Australia.

Most Australian players, including all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis, are likely to participate in the second phase of IPL 2021 when the tournament resumes in UAE. The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams, all of who had pulled out of the West Indies tour recently, will turn up for their respective franchises when the T20 league resumes.

As for Pat Cummins, who had made himself unavailable for the T20 league well in advance, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would have to do without the services of their most expensive player for the remaining games of the season.

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