Australian IPL players participation in UAE leg of IPL 2021 may hit roadblock
Preparations are likely to start in July for organising phase 2 of IPL 2021 in the UAE. However, the availability of adequate foreign players continues to be an issue which is haunting the IPL franchises and BCCI.
While England and Bangladesh boards have clearly disclosed their plans of not allowing their players to play in the remainder of IPL matches. Due to important international commitments, countries like Australia and New Zealand are yet to disclose their plans.
However, it has emerged that the Australian chief selector Trevor Hohns is expecting the Australian players involved in IPL to play for the national team as Cricket Australia is looking to finalise plans to have a tri-series involving West Indies and Afghanistan in early October just before the T20I world cup and at a time when IPL will be still on.
Australia will be playing bilateral T20I series in West Indies and Bangladesh in July – August. But they will be without their IPL group of players who have decided to skip the tours due to long bio bubbles in IPL. In the Maldives where they had to camp for 11 days before flight restrictions to Australia were lifted by the Scott Morrison Government. Which finally enabled them to return home after a long wait. Australian IPL players participation in UAE leg of IPL 2021 may hit roadblock.
However with the tri-series in the pipeline during the IPL dates. The Australian board expects their IPL contingent to priorities their national team’s interest. With the world cup following immediately after the tri-series.
Thus all the IPL stakeholders will have no option but to watch the above developments.