Pat Cummins will not be playing the Big Bash League after the Australian cricket team’s tour of India. Cricket Australia has allowed Indian Premier League’s ₹ 15.5 crore boy to take rest.
International Cricket Council’s top-ranked Test bowler Pat Cummins has been an important member of the Australia National team this year. Cummins was instrumental in Australia’s run till the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup 2019 and retaining Ashes away from home. With the approval of Cricket Australia (CA), Cummins has decided to take rest after their tour of India for three One Day Internationals next month.
Cummins had become the most expensive overseas player in the Indian Premier League 2020 Auction when he was bought by Shah Rukh Khan co-owned Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping amount of ₹15.5 crores. He along with former Aussie skipper Steve Smith and his bowling partner Josh Hazlewood were set to join their respective franchises for the final stages of the Big Bash League but Cummins sought permission to take rest and CA has happily obliged.
Cummins would have joined Sydney Thunder had he not opted out. Thunder coach Shane Bond jokingly said after their abandoned game against Adelaide Strikers, “We’re hoping he comes in and buys us pizza. I’ll definitely be inviting him in (to the changerooms) for a few games – it’s his shout”. “He’s a great man, he is great around our team. He was great for us (in previous seasons) and we respected the fact that he needs a break. We just said if he wanted to come back he was always welcome here.”
Cummins has bowled more overs in international cricket than any other bowler this year staying fit during back-to-back World Cup and Ashes campaigns. “The good thing about a reward like that for Patty, he has worked really hard to get himself fit and playing in all three forms,” David Warner, who was retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad for the IPL 2020, was quoted as saying by www.cricket.com.au on Sunday.
With the ICC T20 World Cup coming up next year, IPL will be a great way to start for Pat Cummins after a break and with a lot of quality players involved it will be a good test for Cummins too. He can prepare for the T20 World Cup in a more holistic way by participating in the IPL and by playing against the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Jason Roy and even against his mates from Australia Steve Smith and David Warner.