CSK has yet to decide on a replacement for Hazlewood. It should be noted that the franchise did not seek replacements last season after Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh withdrew from the tournament for personal reasons. “It’s a sudden development and we weren’t prepared for it. We will look at different options before making a decision. But we have our bases covered. So if the team leadership feels we haven’t need a replacement, we might not look for one, ”a senior CSK official told TOI on Thursday.
Hazlewood, who became the third Aussie player after Mitchell Marsh and Josh Philippe to withdraw from the IPL, was expected to visit the country along with the other IPL-linked Aussies on Thursday. However, after spending six months in various bio-bubbles from last July to January of this year, Stimulator decided to take a break from cricket.
“It’s been a long 10 months in bubbles and 40s at different times, so I decided to take a break from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia for the next two months,” said Hazlewood quoted by cricket.com. at. “We also 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 that’s a big one. 12 months, as is always the case with Australia, and I want to give myself the best chance of being mentally and physically ready for it. This is the decision I made, and it suits me pretty well “, he added.
Even though Hazlewood only played three games for CSK in IPL 2020, his withdrawal will weaken CSK’s pace attack as they will be without Lungi Ngidi in Game 1. The South African will not join the IPL franchise until April 5 after playing the first two ODIs against Pakistan. Under these circumstances, middle pacers Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo and Sam Curran will be the other options for Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Fit-again Jadeja joins the CSK team:
There is also good news for CSK. Ravindra Jadeja, in good shape again, started training with the CSK squad on Thursday after completing her quarantine. The all-rounder was out of action for three months after injuring his thumb in the third test match between India and Australia in January earlier this year.