The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that the remaining matches of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played during the months of September and October this year. The IPL is likely to be restarted on 19th September 2021, with the final slated to be played on 10th October 2021.
The remaining matches of the IPL will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). But then, one issue that the BCCI might face is that several international teams have matches lined up during that period. While England will be busy playing limited overs cricket, New Zealand players might also be occupied as well. As of now, there is no international commitment for the Australian players.
And, the Chief Executive of Cricket Australia, Nick Hockley has offered his thoughts on whether the Australian players will participate in the remainder of the IPL this year. Hockley stated that once all the players assemble as a group, the IPL is a topic that will surely be discussed.
Hockley also added that the players have come out of quarantine now, and the first priority for Australia is to make sure that the players meet their families.
“Once we get back together as a group that [the IPL] is something we’ll obviously need to discuss. Our players returning from the IPL have only today come out of quarantine, so our first priority is to make sure they are reunited with their families…we [then] have a tour to prepare for in the West Indies,” said Hockley as quoted by Cricinfo.
Australian pacer Pat Cummins has already stated that he will not participate in the remainder of the 2021 IPL season.