IPL 2021 was suspended mid-way due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 within the bio-bubble. The Board of Control for Cricket in India recently announced its decision to host the remaining season of the IPL 2021 in the UAE. BCCI will host the remaining 31 games in the UAE. However, the availability of overseas cricketers has become a matter of concern for the Indian board.
Here, we bring you a list of overseas players who are likely to miss the remaining IPL 2021. Have a look:
Players: Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi
Afghanistan cricket team will be locking their horns against the Pakistan cricket team in a 3-match ODI series in the UAE.
West Indies – Partially Available
Players: Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Narine, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder
West Indies players are partially available for the second phase of IPL 2021. The West Indies cricketers will be busy playing in the CPL 2021 till September 19, following which they will have to serve the mandatory quarantine period in the UAE, ruling them out for over 10 days.
Bangladesh – Unavailable
Players: Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman
Bangladesh’s Cricket Board has been very clear about its priorities and is unlikely to give the IPL ticket to its players. The Bangladesh cricketers will be playing against England during IPL 2021’s window.
South Africa: Available
Players: Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Anrich Nortje, Chris Morris, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Marco Jansen
The Proteas players will be available for IPL 2021. Ahead of IPL 2021’s second phase, the team will host the Netherlands in September with some players leaving for the CPL 2021. However, the players are expected to get free from their national duties during IPL 2021’s second phase.
Australia: Partially Available
Players: Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, David Warner, Jhye Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith, Riley Meredith, Ben Cutting, Jason Behrendorff, Moises Henriques, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Dan Christian, Chris Lynn, Andrew Tye.
Australian cricket team will host Sri Lanka for 3-match ODI and T20I series in October before the ICC T20 World Cup. The players are expected to be free from the national duties before the series against Sri Lanka.
New Zealand – Unavailable
Players: Kane Williamson, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Seifert, Finn Allen, Kyle Jamieson
Kane Williamson-led New Zealand cricket team will be playing against Pakistan in 3-match ODI and T20Is in UAE. The New Zealand Cricket Board would want their players to fulfill their national commitments and also keep them in top shape for the much-awaited T20 World Cup and thus, the players aren’t expected to take part in IPL 2021’s second phase.
England – Unavailable:
Players: Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow
England cricketers won’t be able to participate in the second phase of IPL 2021 due to their busy schedules. The team is all set to play against Bangladesh for 3-match ODI and T20Is, followed by two-match series in Pakistan. Besides this, England players are expected to play the bilateral series scheduled to play immediately after the India Test series and before the T20 World Cup.