IPL 2021: 2 Days to go for IPL, 6 Players from England who have pulled out – The IPL 2021 phase 2 is just around the corner with six days to go before Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings in the opening clash of the IPL’s UAE leg on September 19 at Dubai. After the unfortunate cancellation of the 5th Test between India and England, many English players decided to opt-out of the IPL 2021 phase 2, adding to the long list of players pulling out of the cash-rich league’s second phase. Punjab Kings, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes are the latest players who will not be featuring in IPL 2021 phase 2.
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Dawid Malan (Punjab Kings): It is difficult to term Dawid Malan’s pull out other than plain and simple revenge. After Virat Kohli & Co 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.
Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad): 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.
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.
Ben Stokes (Rajasthan Royals): 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.
Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals): 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.
Jofra Archer (Rajasthan Royals): Rajasthan Royals are the worst hit franchise when it comes to players pulling out of the league as they suffered a big blow ahead of the upcoming season with star play Jofra Archer ruled himself out on the entire tournament owing to injury. Jofra Archer will undergo a procedure to his right hand following a scan and subsequent Consultant review since he returned to the UK.