Most Australian players set to return for phase 2 of IPL 2021
The availability of foreign players for the remainder of IPL 2021 is the biggest question for the BCCI and the franchisees. However some good news is filtering in from Australia and that is many of the Aussies who were a part of the IPL 2021 till it was aborted, might be seen playing in the remaining half of the tournament at UAE. Most Australian players set to return for phase 2 of IPL 2021.
Australia white-ball side is currently on a tour of the West Indies. Then they will go to Bangladesh for limited over matches. However many of the IPL players withdrew from those squads citing bio bubble fatigue. Steve Smith has an injury so he was kept out of this tour but the others like Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson and Daniel Sams had withdrawn from that squad for personal reasons which were bio bubble fatigue.
Pat Cummins is an all-format Australian player and with the T20 World cup. Ashes in the latter half of the year it is understandable. That he has opted out of the Australian overseas tours and the remainder of the IPL. As load management is extremely important for a fast bowler like him who bowls a lot of overs in test cricket. Hence Cummins had already opted out of all cricket including IPL.
However, whatever Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch had to say about IPL related players opting out of international tours for bio bubble fatigue and now would be difficult for them to justify IPL participation, several Australian cricketers like David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson and Jhye Richardson look all set to play in the remainder of the IPL 2021 in September.
One justification for these players to participate in phase 2 of IPL. To be held at UAE is that the World cup T20I will also be held at UAE and therefore they will be well-tuned with the conditions. Which will be an advantage for Team Australia in the long run.
So far there is no official response from the Australian cricket board on this. However, inside news suggests that they are inclined to allow their IPL related players to go ahead with their plans.
Hence the chances of the Australian players to play in the chase 2 of IPL appears to be highly bright.
Meanwhile, BCCI are still under backdoor negotiations with the ECB to try. And get some of the English players to play in the IPL. Also, informal talks are on with the West Indies board to try and advance the dates of CPL. To allow the West Indies players to reach UAE in time for the start of the IPL.