Pat Cummins: Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler Pat Cummins will not play in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Cricket Australia (CA) will also have to decide whether to allow other Australian players to participate in this league mentally. Whether or not it would be wise to spend more time in a difficult bio-bubble.
The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) on Saturday approved the resumption of the IPL in the UAE in September with 31 matches remaining. The organizers were forced to suspend the league earlier this month as several cases of Kovid-19 infection occurred inside a biologically safe environment.
In a report by the Sydney Morning Herald, Cummins has already stated that he will not return for the T20 tournament this season despite a multi-million dollar IPL contract. The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played in India in October-November and CA will also have to look into aspects such as players’ workload and fatigue inside the biologically safe environment.
Australian players had to remain in seclusion after reaching home via Maldives from India due to travel related restrictions in the country due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. According to the report, the CA will have to decide whether spending more time in the bio-safe bubble will be in the interests of the mental health of its players.
It read, CA can decide whether IPL will help players prepare for the World Cup, which can also be held in the UAE. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Director of Cricket Ashley Giles has already said It has been said that due to the busy international schedule after June, its players are unlikely to be available in the remaining part of the tournament.