Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Pat Cummins in his recent Youtube video has spoken about his availability in the remaining phase of IPL 2021 in the UAE. The KKR pacer who took nine wickets in the first seven games has opted out from the remaining phase of the tournament. Very clearly in his Youtube video, he has said that he will be unavailable for the second half of the season, This comes as a big blow to the franchise who are placed seventh in the points table.
Cummins had a stellar opening to this year’s IPL as he picked up nine wickets in the first seven matches of the first leg of the elite T20 tournament. He also notched up 93 runs in five innings at an explosive strike rate of 166.07 for the Eoin Morgan-led KKR. He was expected to be back for the second half but has pulled out of it.
Pat Cummins Pulls Out Of IPL 2021 UAE Leg
“Unfortunately, at this stage, I probably won’t be going to the IPL. I haven’t made an official call on it. But my partner is pregnant and our baby is due basically right in the middle of the IPL. At the moment, there is a travel restriction getting back to Australia, you got to do 2 weeks quarantine. There is probably going to be some days quarantine going to UAE. So for the second half this season unfortunately it’s going to be really tough to get over there,” Cummins said in his YouTube video.
Earlier the England and New Zealand cricket boards have confirmed the availability of their players in the second half of IPL 2021. Meanwhile, Pat Cummins will be key for Australia’s cause in the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in the UAE between October-November.
The remaining 31 games of IPL 2021 second leg will be played over 27 days between September 19-October 15. 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and 8 in Abu Dhabi.