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- Australian cricket team’s chief selector has hinted the players might not take part in IPL 2021
- Trevor Hohns expects the Australian players to honour their international commitments and not play in IPL 2021
- The second phase of IPL 2021 will get underway from the third week of September this year
Australian players are unlikely to take part in the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 later this year. Australia’s chief selector Trevor Hohns on Wednesday confirmed that he expects the players to forgo the cash-rich T20 league in order to honour their international commitments with the Australian national team. Australia are likely to play a tri-series against West Indies and Afghanistan around the same time.
IPL 2021 was suspended in May this year after a string of COVID-19 cases were reported in the bio-bubbles of four teams. The BCCI has already confirmed that the remainder of the tournament will be played in the UAE later this year. However, the availability of overseas players remains a huge concern for the Indian board.
Australia recently announced the squad for their upcoming white-ball series against West Indies and Bangladesh with IPL stars opting to pull out. Australia are also finialising a tri-series involving West Indies and Afghanistan ahead of the T20 World Cup. In case the series is announced, the Australian players might not make it to the second phase of IPL 2021 in UAE.
“Around that time of the year, I would certainly hope so (that players forego the IPL for national representation),” Hohns was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au when asked if he expects Australian players to snub IPL for national duty.
“However, it will certainly depend on their commitments and what we think they should be committing to regarding their Australian commitments at that time.” Hohns, however, added that the matter “would have to be addressed in the future,” he added.
David Warner, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams are the eight players who have opted out of the squad for the upcoming Bangladesh and West Indies series after taking part in the IPL. Hohns said not all of the players who have pulled out are guaranteed a slot in the final squad for the T20 World Cup 2021.
He said the Australian players were hoping to send a full-strength side for the tours to finalise the T20 World Cup squad, however, the board respects the players’ decision.
“There may have been one or two positions up for grabs, but we virtually thought we were close to the mark or had a good idea of where we would be going with our T20 World Cup squad. We’re obviously disappointed they made themselves unavailable for this tour, but quite frankly we totally understand and respect their decisions,” Hohns said.