The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have appointed left-arm designer Jason Behrendorff to replace Josh Hazlewood. Hazlewood, who made his IPL debut in 2020 in the United Arab Emirates, has pulled out of the 2021 IPL season citing bubble fatigue and COVID concerns as the reasons.
Josh Hazlewood was supposed to be one of the strengths of the CSK squad in this upcoming 2021 IPL tournament, however, he cited Australia’s upcoming winter season and bubble fatigue as the reasons he was retiring from IPL 14. Later he revealed this with for these reasons the current rise in COVID-19 cases in India has played a role in his not playing in this season’s IPL.
It’s been 10 long months in bubbles and in quarantine so I decided to take a break from cricket: Josh Hazlewood
Hazlewood was due to leave with other Aussie players linked to the IPL and join CSK, but has decided to skip the cash-rich league, which will start on April 9 and run until May 30, and will spend time in the home for the next two months. He had played 3 IPL matches in IPL 2020.
“It’s been a long 10 months in Bubbles and 40s at different times so I’ve decided to take a break from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia for the next couple of months. We have a great winter ahead. The West Indies are going to be a long tour, with Bangladesh (T20 tour) potentially thrown at the end of that. Then potentially the T20 World Cup leading to ashes, so it’s a big 12 months ”, Hazlewood told Cricket Australia.
CSK signs Jason Behrendorff for IPL 2021
Chennai Super Kings had previously contacted Billy Stanlake and Reece Topley to sign them as Hazlewood’s replacement, but concerns about COVID-19 and their respective county contracts led them to decline the offer to play in the 2021 IPL.
Now the IPL website has confirmed that another Australian pacer, Jason Behrendorff, has been signed by CSK for the IPL 2021. Behrendorff made his IPL debut in 2019, playing for the Mumbai Indians. He played 5 games, taking 5 wickets. However, he spent most of 2020 in rehab after undergoing back surgery.
Now a fit and fit Behrendorff will wear CSK yellow for IPL 2021. Fast left arm Behrendorff has featured in 11 ODIs and seven T20Is so far for Australia.
“Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has signed up with the Chennai Super Kings to replace compatriot Josh Hazlewood for the 2021 VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL),” the Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) said in a statement.
The Chennai Super Kings will kick off their 2021 IPL campaign on Saturday April 10 in Mumbai against last year’s finalists Delhi Capitals.