IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Will the West Indies Cricketers play IPL? With each passing day IPL franchises are getting worried. Worried because, till date BCCI hasn’t informed them about the status of the foreign players participation in the IPL 2021 Phase 2 in UAE. Few of the franchises are especially concerned about the timely availability of 9 West Indian cricketers who will be busy with Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021) and will miss out on initial 8-10 days of the rejigged IPL.
According to a report by The Hindustan Times, IPL franchises of Kolkata Knight Riders & Punjab Kings also owns teams in CPL teams — Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks respectively & they feel it is too late for CPL 2021 & Cricket West Indies (CWI) to change their schedules.
As reported by InsideSport eartlier, BCCI officials are in talks with CWI but franchise feels it is too late for Cricket West Indies to rejig the schedule, especially with Pakistan due to tour West Indies in the July-August window.
The 2nd Test gets over only on August 24 and the CPL starts on August 28. Furthermore, the broadcasting schedule has also been out.
IPL 2021 Phase 2 – What if CPL 2021 schedule is not changed?
- The BCCI is yet to officialy announce the dates for IPL Phase 2. But Reports emerged that IPL in UAE will start between September 17-19 while the final will be played between October 10-15th.
- The start date would mean that at least nine West Indian cricketers and two South African players would miss the opening week to 10 days of IPL. They will be busy in Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021) that will end only on September 19.
- Two IPL franchises — Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings — also own CPL teams — Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks respectively, putting them in a difficult spot over priorities.
- Chennai Super Kings opener Faf du Plessis plays for St Lucia Zouks in the CPL 2021 while Trinbago have two players who have IPL commitments — Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine.
“We remain hopeful that some solution would be found. But we haven’t heard from any of the leagues,” one of the franchise officials told Hindustan Times.
IPL 2021 Phase 2 – BCCI still hopeful: However, BCCI remains hopeful of players’ availability, especially West Indians in the IPL 2021 Phase 2. A top BCCI official told Hindustan Times that talks with other cricket boards are positive and expect maximum participation of foreign cricketers.
“We are in discussions with Cricket West Indies for advancing CPL by a week. We are hopeful things will be resolved,” a BCCI official was quoted by the publication.
IPL 2021 Phase 2: Even though BCCI remains optimistic, the future tours programme and the ICC T20 World Cup schedule say otherwise. England cricket board has already ruled out English players for IPL 2021 Phase 2 as the team will tour Bangladesh and Pakistan to warm up for the World Cup.
Australian cricketers will return from a long tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh and are expected to be rested by Cricket Australia as it won’t risk any major injuries.
Afghanistan will play Pakistan in UAE while will also tour Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series before the ICC mega event. New Zealand too will play Pakistan during the window and if its series against India is cancelled, which is likely, NZC may choose to play some other country to warm for the World Cup. Bangladesh cricket board has also ruled out Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan for the remaining IPL matches.