Steve Smith could be unsold at IPL 2021 auction due to CA NOC

IPL 2021: Steve Smith may be unsold at IPL 2021 auction due to CA NOC.

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021: Australian star drummer Steve Smith is among 57 players who were released by their respective franchises ahead of the 2021 IPL auctions. Smith, who was previously associated with the inaugural IPL champions, is also released by the ROyals.

The Rajasthan Royals had their worst run in the recently concluded Indian Premier League season. Under captain Steve Smith, RR was placed last in the points table at the end of the league stages which also got off to an explosive start with back-to-back wins in Sharjah.

Steve Smith could be unsold due to CA NOC’s plans:

With the Australian player up for grabs at the upcoming auction, however, his presence may be hampered by Cricket Australia policy. Recently Nick Hockley, Acting CEO of Cricket Australia said they will issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to the player concerned.

However, there was a catch in the statement, where Hockley mentioned that NOCs will be awarded on a case-by-case basis. However, there is still no clarity on the established rules and regulations on which the NOCs will be awarded.

The mentioned capture could hamper Steve Smith’s chances of winning. Smith is the most valuable foreign player in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was retained by the once champion club, Rajasthan Royals, for a whopping INR 12.5 crores.

Smith as well as his Australian counterparts Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell are still uncertain to participate in the IPL auction. One Cricket Australia (CA) publishes defined NOC rules, this can be clarified.

Along with the aforementioned Australian players, David Waner, Pat Cummins, Marcus Stoinis and Josh Hazlewood are among those who have been shortlisted by their respective franchise ahead of the 2021 IPL auction.

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