Australian players recently returned home after weeks of travel and quarantine.
Dark clouds hang over Australian players’ participation in the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The T20 gala tournament was suspended midway through May 4 after several players and staff contracted the COVID-19 virus. As confirmed by the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI), the remaining matches will take place in the UAE. However, the involvement of the Australian stars is uncertain.
While Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pace spearhead Pat Cummins has reportedly stepped down from the remaining season, several other Aussie stars could miss the flight to the UAE due to their busy international schedule. The likely IPL window from September to October is sandwiched between the Australian West Indies tour and the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup. Therefore, it won’t be a surprise if other Australian players follow Cummins.
I haven’t thought about how Australian players will be participating in the rest of IPL 2021: Aaron Finch
Speaking on the matter, Australian limited overtaking captain Aaron Finch said he had not given the matter a second thought but believed Cricket Australia would look at each player individually. “Honestly, I didn’t think about it. I imagine this would be carried out on a case-by-case basis by Cricket Australia, ”Finch told Sportsstar.
Later in the conversation, Finch even hinted that Cricket Australia may opt for England’s controversial rotation policy to deal with player workload amid the busy schedule.
“I don’t think the players themselves like to take a break from international cricket. But certainly, with the increase in team sizes due to the COVID-19 bubbles, there are a lot of players on tour. So we’ll have to look at the options to make sure these players are playing games, ”the 34-year-old added.
Meanwhile, Finch, who played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2020, has not been auctioned this year. However, many of his teammates, including Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell, are part of the 2021 IPL, and he won’t want either of them gutted before the T20 World Cup.
Meanwhile, Finch and his team will then travel to the Caribbean Islands for five T20Is and three ODIs against the West Indies, starting July 9. Later, they will visit Bangladesh for a five-game T20I series. This will be Australia’s last limited mission before the T20 World Cup, and the men in yellow would like to identify their best suit for the flagship tournament.