Following numerous cases being reported across different franchises, the BCCI had to suspend the IPL 2021 on 4th May 2021. Recently, the Board had confirmed that the remainder of the tournament will be scheduled during the September-October window. However, the unavailability of foreign players would be the biggest concern for the franchises during the second phase of the tournament.
The players from England won’t be participating in the tournament if the statement from ECB director Ashley Giles is to be believed. The former England cricketer has categorically stated that the board won’t allow its players to participate in the second phase.
Players associated with the Caribbean Premier League too are doubtful for the IPL 2021 second phase. With the league ending on 18th September, the players are likely to miss most parts of IPL due to Covid protocols. The BCCI has requested the West Indies Cricket Board to prepone the tournament by 7-10 days. However, the latter is yet to reply on the matter. Nonetheless, with international assignments also taking place during that time, it is unlikely that CPL 2021 would get preponed.
Earlier, the Bangladesh Cricket Board had also stated that they won’t allow its players to participate in the remainder of the tournament. Australia are yet to confirm their stand on the same. Reports, however, have suggested that the players might miss the tournament due to their busy cricket calendar.
On that note, here’s a look at the team-wise list of players who might miss the second phase of IPL 2021 in the UAE:
1. Chennai Super Kings:
Contrary to last year, Chennai Super Kings enjoyed a great outing in the first half of IPL 2021. With 5 wins in 7 games, Dhoni and Co. are currently sitting at second position in the points table. However, given that the English players won’t be available during the second phase, CSK camp would be a bit tensed.
Following are the international players who won’t be participating in the remainder of IPL 2021:
Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo