Most of us know that the Australian players will miss out white-format series IPL. The main reason is Australia’s tour to Pakistan.
The tour will entail three ODIs and one T20 with Test games as well. Moreover, this is the first time since 1978 that Australia has been touring Pakistan.
In the latest report by Cricbuzz, the top Aussie players want to join the IPL action from day one. It clearly states their wish to skip the white-ball series against Pakistan.
Cricket Australia has made it clear that its players won’t be allowed at IPL till the Pakistan series gets over. This is regardless of the very fact that they might not appear within the white ball series. “None of the contracted players are going to be available for the IPL before April 6, whether they are playing or not within the white-ball series (vs. Pakistan) or not,” a spokesman for the CA told Cricbuzz on Monday.
Although one unnamed franchise owner said, some Aussie players would arrive on March 28 and undergo a quarantine which suggests they’re going to be available straight away from April 6 onwards. This is unlike the players coming in India after the series gets over on an equivalent day. “There may be a little bit of optics involved here.” The CA will not permit their contracted players to participate within the IPL before April 5. “The players will come here and complete the specified bio-security protocols meanwhile.” Moreover, a full-squad got announced for the test series.
David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood are not part of the squad. It’s understood that they’re not to be released to play within the early stages of the IPL.
The schedule for the expansive tournament is still not confirmed. It is expected to begin on the weekend of March 26-27. This is one day after Australia’s Test tour of Pakistan concludes.
The Indian tournament is highly followed globally. Everyone wants to watch the big-hitters play together on the same pitch. The players themselves want to be a huge part of it from the beginning.
The final report of the players was made aware to the public. Cricket Australia has made it clear that whether or not the players go for the white ball series, they will join the IPL after April 6. There are certain big names that are missing from the squad. This allows the other squad members to prove their worth to the team.
With big names missing from the squad, will Australia perform?
That is a question that will get an answer after the series begins.