IPL 2021 was suspended in the middle of the season after few COVID cases were found across 4 different IPL franchises A few weeks earlier the news came out that the remaining matches IPL 2021 instead of India will take place in UAE. IPL 2020 was also held at the 3 venues of UAE and was completed uninterruptedly.
Due to the shifting dates of the Indian Premier League, many overseas players won’t be allowed to participate in the competition because of international duties. Currently, two big teams Australia and England players are most likely to miss out on the UAE leg of IPL 2021. Also, there were reports regarding the participation of Kiwi players which stated they also might miss out on IPL 2021.
CWI President Ricky Skerritt has engaged with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in talks for a tweaked CPL schedule to accommodate the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
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A total of six big names from New Zealand are part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season including impactful players like Trent Boult, Kane Williamson, and Kyle Jamieson. According to reports of an IPL franchise official has confirmed that contracted players will definitely play the remainder of IPL.
“We are much relieved now. BCCI are in talks with English and Australian boards to come to a consensus regarding this. Given April and May are earmarked for the IPL, they are right to raise their own objections but we are now confirmed to witness New Zealand players in action,” the franchise official told Cricket.com.
BCCI yet to confirm availability of England and Australian cricketers for second half of IPL 2021
The franchises will New Zealand players in the team would be very happy with the participation of Kiwis. Also if all the Blackcaps players are present they might fill the slots for absent English and Australian players. A few days ago ECB’s managing director of men’s cricket, Ashley Giles addressed that they will not send England players for IPL. Also, star wicketkeeper-batsman of Rajasthan Royals; Jos Buttler said that he might not play the second half of IPL 2021.
However, Cricket Australia has not given any official statement regarding the situation of UAE leg IPL. Captain Aaron Finch, who unfortunately missed out on contracts and is not a part of the IPL 2021, had taken potshots at Australian cricketers for skipping international games.
“I think they would find it hard to justify going back and playing that second half of the IPL purely based on the workload coming up with a T20 World Cup then a huge home summer. Many players might miss IPL due to the scheduled Bangladesh Tour which will take place just at the time of the second half of the Indian premier league,” Finch had said.