As per a report in Cricbuzz, Bangladesh players will not be available for the entire season of IPL 2021. Barring them players from every other country will be available for a full season as per the website. The advisory comes just ahead of the auction on Thursday (February 18). The IPL is expected to start on April 9-10 and run for about 50 days. The season will also be held in India with a final decision on crowd availability yet to be revealed.
However, there are a few questions marks over the availability of South African international players in IPLL 2021. Teams who are likely to miss them are Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings. While Delhi will miss the two premier Protean pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, CSK will miss Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi.
The BCCI has intimated the non-availability of the Bangladesh players to all the franchises on Tuesday night. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that the international side will be playing a three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in May.
Bangladesh Players Not To Play Full Season In IPL 2021
“Any (Bangladesh) players selected will be unavailable from 19th May or will leave before if any other series is scheduled during the IPL window,” the BCCI said.
Meanwhile, there are four Bangladesh players and nine Sri Lankan players who have registered themselves in the upcoming auction but none are retained by any franchise.
The BCCI also confirmed the full availability of the Australian players despite the unfinished domestic competition in the country. “The last round of Sheffield Shield, Australia’s domestic first-class cricket competition is scheduled on 3rd April 2021. The final of the Sheffield Shield will be held from 15th-19th April 2021,” the BCCI mail said but added that “The NOC will be given to players selected for IPL from 1st April 2021.”
The England and New Zealand players will also be fully available despite the planned series between the countries in June.
As many as 292 players will go under the hammer with 61 spots to be filled in the auction. Royal Challengers Bangalore needs to fill 13 spots to complete their team.