IPL 2021 Phase 2: Good news for franchisees, most Australian cricketers set to return for IPL in UAE; BCCI to take final call on July 15

IPL 2021 Phase 2: Most Australian players including David Warner & Glenn Maxwell set to return for IPL in UAE; BCCI's final call on July 15
IPL 2021 Phase 2: Most Australian players including David Warner & Glenn Maxwell set to return for IPL in UAE; BCCI's final call on July 15

IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Australian Players in IPL: Most Australian players set to return for IPL 2021 in UAE – Contrary to the current notion in Australia, most Aussie cricketers including David Warner and Glenn Maxwell are set to be available for the IPL 2021 in the UAE. The Aussie IPL stars are facing the heat including from limited-overs captain Aaron Finch for opting out of the West Indies and Bangladesh tours citing bubble fatigue. However, Pat Cummins remains unavailable as he has already conveyed his decision to pull out of the tournament.

IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Australian Players in IPL: After seven IPL stars including David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell amongst others who opted out of the West Indies and Bangladesh tours, skipper Aaron Finch sent a warning to those, saying it will be difficult for them to “justify returning to IPL”. He added that players who replaced them in the squad will be prioritized for the ICC T20 World Cup. But as it seems, it is not going to deter the David Warner brigade as they are looking forward to returning to IPL.

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IPL 2021 Phase 2: Most Australian players set to return for IPL 2021 in UAE

IPL Phase 2 – Australian Players in IPL: As per the Cricbuzz report, out of nine players who pulled out of the West Indies tour, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams will all be back for the IPL along with others. As per reports in Australian media, the players believe that since the ICC T20 World Cup is also happening in the UAE, IPL Phase 2 will be a great opportunity to prepare for the mega event. The remaining 31 matches of IPL 2021 will be played from September 19 to October 15 in the UAE.

This comes as good news for IPL franchises, who are bracing for a series of pull-outs from foreign players due to bubble fatigue and COVID-19 restrictions. After Adam Zampa, Liam Livingstone and many others, Pat Cummins opted out of the tournament, albeit unofficially.

IPL 2021 Phase 2: Franchises still in the dark over foreign players’ availability

Australian Players in IPL: However, the franchises are still in the dark over foreign players’ availability. When InsideSport reached out to Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings, both franchises said they are waiting to hear from the BCCI officially. Since the BCCI is still in talks with other cricket boards including the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Cricket Australia, New Zealand Cricket Board (NZC), it is yet to officially communicate to the franchises over foreign players’ availability.

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“We haven’t heard anything from the BCCI on foreign players’ availability. Once we get a confirmation from BCCI and new guidelines on foreign players’ policy, we have no other choice but to wait,” Kasi Viswanathan, CEO of Chennai Super Kings, told InsideSport.

A Punjab Kings official too echoed similar sentiments. “We are still waiting for an update on the foreign players’ availability and once we have a formal confirmation, we will plan replacements accordingly,” the official told InsideSport.  

IPL 2021 Phase 2: Most Australian players set to return for IPL 2021 in UAE

As things stand, England players are unlikely as ECB Managing Director Ashley Giles has clarified that the bilateral series will take precedence over IPL. Bangladesh Cricket Board too has said it would not allow Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan to return to IPL. However, New Zealand players have made themselves available for the rest of the 31 matches of IPL.

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