Pat Cummins to Miss Rest of the IPL in the UAE
Author : Arti Sharma | Published On : 31 May 2021
As the Indian Premier League 2021 is all set to resume in UAE in September-October, it brought a few negatives with it as well. While England players wouldn’t take part in it, Australia pacer Pat Cummins, who is the key member of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise, would not play in the remaining games in the UAE as well.
As per the Sydney Morning Herald, Cummins has shared his decision, although he did not give any reason for this so far.
“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,” shared the report.
As far as England players are concerned, the decision has come after Ashley Giles, managing director of the England men’s team, had earlier said that the ECB wouldn’t change their schedule for the rest of the games of the 14th edition of the cash-rich league. The remaining games of the IPL will likely take place between September 15 and October 15 window as well.
“We are going to have to give some of these guys a break at some point. But the intention of giving guys a break for, say, Bangladesh, wouldn’t be for them to go and play cricket elsewhere,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Giles as saying. “We have to manage our schedule now, so we get our guys arriving in the best shape possible for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.”
On the other hand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has further stated that it needs more time from the ICC to decide on hosting the T20 World Cup later this year in India considering the current situation in the country owing to COVID-19 as well.
“The BCCI SGM further authorised the office bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the BCCI added in an official release.