Australian players are skeptical about the rest of the 2021 IPL due to a busy schedule ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup.
The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) is looking for possible options to organize the Indian Premier League (IPL) recall to the United Arab Emirates in the September and October window. The 14the The IPL edition came to a halt on May 4 as cases within the bio-bubble exploded, forcing the BCCI to postpone it.
Apparently, BCCI interim CEO Hemang Amin had proposed two plans to host the remaining 31 matches in England or the United Arab Emirates. Amin, however, said in the plan that he was more eager to resume IPL in the United Arab Emirates given its huge success last year which made the stakeholders happy.
BCCI is more likely to make an official announcement after their Special General Assembly (SGM) on May 29. The IPL will likely restart around the third week of September after the India tour of England which ends on September 14, as reported by The Times of India.
BCCI is also expected to wrap up the high-level tournament in early October as the scheduled ICC T20 World Cup is set to start the same month. This resumption of IPL September-October is not good news for Aussie players as they have a busy schedule ahead of the T20 World Cup.
First, the Men in Yellow must travel to the Caribbean Islands to take on the West Indies in a five-game T20I series, with few of their players already not traveling due to bio-bubble fatigue and various other personal reasons. Missing the 23-member squad are Pat Cummins, David Warner and Daniel Sams.
Australian players doubt rest of 2021 IPL due to busy schedule
Australian IPL-related actors had to go through a lot after the IPL was suspended as their government closed the borders. Players, support staff and broadcasters of nearly 40 had arrived in Sydney on a charter flight organized by Indian authorities after quarantining themselves for a week in the Maldives.
Australia is also set to visit Bangladesh, as confirmed by Akram Khan, Chairman of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Both teams will play five T20Is in August. With such a busy schedule, it seems less likely that Australian players will participate in the remainder of the 2021 IPL.