Aaron Finch has a perfect reason to miss the opening match for his new franchise Kings XI Punjab in the upcoming Vivo Indian Premier League 2018. The Australian batsman is due to tie the knot on April 7 with partner Amy Griffiths.
Finch’s teammate and close friend Glen Maxwell is also set to miss the opening action of IPL’s 11th edition as he will be the MC (Master of Ceremonies) for Finch’s wedding.
Finch was purchased by the Preity Zinta co-owned franchise Kings XI Punjab for Rs 6.2 crore in the IPL 2018 auctions. However, the Punjab fans will not be the only ones to miss one of their star players.
Maxwell, who had played for Punjab for four years, will also miss the first game for his new franchisee Delhi Daredevils. The Delhi team, who have acquired Maxwell for a whopping Rs. 9 crores, incidentally play KXIP in their opening match on 8 April.
The Australian duo has a good understanding with their respective IPL coaches as Finch plays under former Australia all-rounder Brad Hodge whereas Maxwell will be under Ricky Ponting.
“I saw the fixture this morning – there’s no chance I’ll be missing my wedding,” Finch told reporters in Auckland on Thursday ahead of Australia’s T20 International against New Zealand, cricket.com.au has reported.
“That’d be a bit tough leaving Amy at the altar, wouldn’t it?”
“The second game we play is on the 13th, that’ll give me plenty of time to get over there and miss only one game luckily.”
The IPL 2018 kick starts from April 7 with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium Mumbai while Delhi Daredevils will be playing against Kings XI Punjab the next day.