The second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is all set to resume in UAE. While the official dates are yet to be revealed, the tournament is likely to be played between September 18 – October 15. Ahead of the marquee event, BCCI has received a massive boost as most of the Australian players are likely to be available for the second leg.
Last month, Australian cricketers including Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, David Warner, Maxwell, Stoinis, Jyhe Richardson and Kane Richardson had withdrawn from the tours of West Indies and Bangladesh. Post that, the Australian skipper Aaron Finch had said that players would find it hard to justify their decision if they went on to play the IPL. Finch’s comments gave rise to the speculations that the Australians might not be available for the second leg. However, as per cricbuzz, the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams among others may be available for the remainder of IPL 2021.
“This is only my personal opinion, I think they would find it hard to justify going back and playing that second half of the IPL purely based on the workload coming up with a T20 World Cup then a huge home summer,” said Finch
Further, the BCCI is also in touch with the England Cricket Board (ECB) to secure permissions for its players to be part of the showpiece event. Also, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have tweaked CPL schedule so that the Caribbean players are available to participate in the IPL. Given the fact that IPL and World T20 will be played at the same venue, it will be a perfect opportunity for the players to prepare themselves for the showpiece event.