The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in UAE in September – October. The decision was taken in a virtual meeting on May 29. However, numerous challenges await BCCI ahead of the resumption of the opulent league. The biggest concern for the BCCI will be the availability of overseas players due to a packed international calendar.
England Cricket Board has already confirmed that the English players won’t take part in the remainder of IPL and now if reports are to be believed, Kolkata Knight Riders’ speedster Pat Cummins is unlikely to return for the second half of the lucrative league.
A report in Sydney Morning Herald stated that Cummins is ready to ditch his million-dollar contract and will not travel to the UAE for the second leg of IPL. Australia have a packed cricket calendar and will tour West Indies and Bangladesh in the coming months before participating in the T20 World Cup later this year.
“David Warner and Pat Cummins could be rested from the West Indies tour because of family reasons – others could follow after a draining year in several bubbles – and Cummins, despite a multimillion-dollar IPL contract, has already said he will not return to the T20 tournament this season,” stated the report.
While no official confirmation has been made, speculations are high that other Australians including the likes of Steve Smith and Josh Hazlewood might also not return to the league. Also, the dates of IPL may clash with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which may force several West Indian cricketers to miss the initial part of the UAE leg of IPL. The BCCI though has requested the UAE board to prepone the CPL by a week so that West Indian players are available for the IPL.
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