IPL 2021 Remaining Matches – Question Mark over New Zealand Cricketers availability? It’s getting clearer by the day that it will not be easy for the BCCI to organize the remaining matches of IPL 2021 in the September window. A day after England & Wales Cricket Board declared that English cricketers will not be available for IPL 2021 Phase 2, now the availability of New Zealand cricketers is also doubtful if IPL remaining games are conducted in September. Be it Sunrisers Hyderabad new captain Kane Williamson or Mumbai Indians’ Trent Boult, the participation of Kiwi cricketers will be in doubt as their series against Pakistan will be scheduled in UAE during the month of September.
IPL 2021 Remaining Matches – BCCI has been mulling over a possible September window for IPL 2021 remaining matches after Team India concludes ICC WTC Final against New Zealand and the 5-match Test series against England. BCCI is of the view that the September window can be used to complete the remaining matches of the 14th edition of the league. But during the same time, most of the cricket playing nations will be busy fulfilling their FTP commitments.
IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Why New Zealand players are doubtful?
New Zealand are scheduled to play Pakistan in a 3-match ODI and 3-match T20Is series in the UAE in September. The series is signed FTP commitment by New Zealand Cricket towards Pakistan Cricket Board and can’t be cancelled or postponed. This means almost all top Kiwi cricketers will be unavailable for IPL 2021 Phase 2 if it is scheduled in September.
Players who could miss: Kane Williamson (SRH), Adam Milne (MI), Trent Boult (MI), Mitchell Santner (CSK), Lockie Ferguson (KKR), Tim Seifert (KKR), Finn Allen (RCB), Kyle Jamieson (RCB)
The same is the case for England cricketers. ECB has announced that England will tour Bangladesh for 3-match ODI and 3-match T20I series in September and the England board will now allow players to leave to complete IPL commitments.
Like New Zealand & England, Bangladesh & Afghanistan cricketers will also not be available if IPL 2021 Phase 2 is scheduled in September. Bangladesh is due to host England while Afghanistan will play series against Pakistan.
IPL 2021 Remaining Matches: Status of overseas players for September window
England: Unavailable – Bangladesh tour for 3-match ODI and T20Is
Players who could miss: Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow
New Zealand: Unavailable – Kane Williamson’s New Zealand will play Pakistan in 3-match ODI and T20Is in UAE
Players who could miss: Kane Williamson, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Seifert, Finn Allen, Kyle Jamieson
Australia: Available – There are no matches scheduled for September. However, Australia will host Sri Lanka for 3-match ODI and T20I series in October before the ICC T20 World Cup.
Players who could miss: Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, David Warner, Jhye Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith, Riley Meredith, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Dan Christian, Chris Lynn, Andrew Tye, Ben Cutting, Jason Behrendorff, Moises Henriques, Adam Zampa
South Africa: Unavailable – The Proteas are likely to have two tours in September with the Netherlands being one and the other one could be to finish the remaining matches in India. Furthermore, they could play 3-match T20Is and ODIs in India.
Players who could miss: Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Anrich Nortje, AB de Villiers (if he returns to the national fold again), Chris Morris, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Marco Jansen
Bangladesh: Unavailable – With England visiting them during the window, it is unlikely that any Bangladesh players will be available.
Players who could miss: Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman
West Indies: Available – West Indies have no matches scheduled in September and are likely to be available.
Players in IPL 2021: Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Narine, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder
Afghanistan: Unavailable – Afghanistan will play Pakistan in a 3-match ODI series in the UAE.
Players who could miss: Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman