IPL 2021: KKR’s Brendon McCullum says, ‘Will be disappointing to lose key overseas players during UAE leg’- Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Brendon McCullum feels that the absence of key players could have a negative impact on the team in the IPL 2021 Phase 2 in UAE. He said that the Knight Riders squad has been built around some senior overseas players and their absence could be a difficult problem to overcome.
“If we are to lose some of those guys because that would be really disappointing. Structurally we had set it up to rely on those people. Some of those personalities, which we had picked, I knew if we were under pressure they would still be ready for the long haul and still remain very calm during those key times,” McCullum told Sports Today.
He went to say that the likes of Pat Cummins and Eoin Morgan play a very key role during crunch situations.
“I think of Pat Cummins and Eoin Morgan, really calm and cool customers. If we were to lose them, then we have to find guys to step up into those roles. That brings an opportunity, that gives a chance to someone like Shubman Gill or Nitish Rana to play beyond their years and grab the opportunity and drag the young Indian boys along. I am excited about what lies ahead and it’s not going to be easy,” McCullum added.
His reaction comes a couple of days after the BCCI shifted IPL 2021 Phase 2 (remaining 31 matches) in Dubai. The main concern for BCCI is to get foreign players to play the remaining fixtures as numerous teams like Bangladesh, Afghanistan, New Zealand are set to be on national duty.
Besides this, BCCI is in talks with Cricket West Indies to shift the CPL by one week to 10 days.
It is notable that KKR had a forgetful run in IPL 2021 Phase 1. They were able to win just two matches and the form of Shubman Gill and skipper Eoin Morgan was a big concern. The duo failed were battling with out of form.
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