IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Will Caribbean cricketers play IPL? With each passing day, IPL franchises are worried. Worried because, to date, BCCI has not informed them of the status of foreign players’ participation in IPL 2021 Phase 2 in the United Arab Emirates. Few franchises are particularly concerned with the on-time availability of 9 West Indian cricketers who will be occupied by the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021) and miss the first 8-10 days of the reconfigured IPL.
According to a report by The Hindustan Times, Kolkata Knight Riders & Punjab Kings IPL franchises also have teams in CPL teams – Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks respectively and they believe it is too late for CPL 2021 and Cricket West Indies (CWI) to change their schedules.
As reported by InsideSport earlier, BCCI officials are in talks with CWI, but the franchise believes it is too late for Cricket West Indies to revamp the schedule, especially with Pakistan due to the West Indies touring in the July-August window.
Bothsd The test does not end until August 24, and the CPL begins on August 28. In addition, the release schedule has also been released.
IPL 2021 Phase 2 – What if the schedule for CPL 2021 was not changed?
- The BCCI has not yet officially announced the dates for Phase 2 of the IPL. But reports have revealed that the IPL in the UAE will start between September 17-19, while the final is played October 10-15.
- The start date would mean at least nine West Indian cricketers and two South African players would miss the opening week at 10 days of IPL. They will be busy in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021) which will not end until September 19.
- Two IPL franchises – Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings – also have CPL teams – Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks respectively, which puts them in a difficult position when it comes to priorities.
- Chennai Super Kings opener Faf du Plessis plays for St Lucia Zouks in CPL 2021 while Trinbago has two players who have IPL commitments – Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine.
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“We remain hopeful that a solution will be found. But we haven’t heard of any of the leagues ”, one of the franchise officials told Hindustan Times.
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IPL 2021 Phase 2 – BCCI still optimistic: However, BCCI remains optimistic about the availability of players, especially West Indians in IPL 2021 Phase 2. A senior BCCI official told Hindustan Times that discussions with other cricket clubs are positive and expect maximum participation from foreign cricketers.
“We are in talks with Cricket West Indies to move CPL forward by a week. We hope that things will be resolved ”, a BCCI official was cited by the publication.
IPL 2021 Phase 2: Although BCCI remains optimistic, the schedule for future tours and the schedule for the ICC T20 World Cup say otherwise. The English cricket council has already ruled out English players for Phase 2 of the 2021 IPL, as the team will visit Bangladesh and Pakistan to prepare for the World Cup.
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Australian cricketers will be returning from a long tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh and should be rested by Cricket Australia as he will not be at risk of serious injury.
Afghanistan will take on Pakistan in the UAE and also tour Sri Lanka for a limited series ahead of the ICC mega event. New Zealand will also face Pakistan during the window and if their series against India is called off, which is likely, NZC could choose to play against another country to warm up for the World Cup. The Bangladesh Cricket Council also excluded Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan for the remaining IPL matches.