Australia plans to make a T20I tri-series featuring the West Indies and Afghanistan.
With the ICC T20 World Cup set to take place later this year in India, all participating teams will be engaged in several white ball matches to get up to speed. For the same, Cricket Australia (CA) plans to carry out a T20I tri-series featuring the West Indies and Afghanistan just ahead of the T20 World Cup in October. This means that the series will potentially coincide with the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
For the uninformed, the 14th edition of the gala tournament was abruptly suspended on May 4 due to the COVID-19 crisis. Now, the remaining matches will take place in the UAE between September 19 and October 15. Therefore, the lucrative league is almost likely to clash with the planned tri-series. This means that Australian players, with IPL contracts, will have to forgo the T20 competition for national law.
Australia’s chief coach Trevor Hohns expects his players to do the same. “At this time of year, I certainly hope (that the players forgo the IPL for national representation). However, that will definitely depend on their commitments and what we think they should be committing to regarding their Australian commitments at that time, ”Hohns said, as quoted by cricket.com.au.
While Hohns definitely wants his players to prioritize national duty, he suggested the issue could be discussed in the future. “We have not yet looked at this and we have not heard from our players at this point,” he added.
Seven Australian players withdraw from West Indies and Bangladesh tour
In addition to the tri series, Australia will travel to the West Indies and Bangladesh for limited series ahead of the T20 World Cup. Wednesday (June 16), Cricket Australia announced an 18-man team for the twin tours which missed seven important names. David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith, who recently starred in the 2021 IPL, have stepped down.
While these players have been staples of Australia’s limited-overtaking squad, Hohns hinted some youngsters could snatch their spot on the T20 World Cup squad with an impressive show in the national colors.
“It will be an interesting discussion for us, no doubt, depending on the performance in the West Indies, especially some of the additional inclusions for this tour,” Hohns said.