Cricket Australia has issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to Australian players to take part in the second leg of IPL 2021. IPL 2021 was suspended halfway through May this year after the Covid-19 pandemic affected few players of the tournament. The second leg of IPL 2021 is now being held in the UAE from 19 September to 15 October. A total of 36 matches are played in the second leg of the tournament.
Many top Australian players will take part in the second leg of the tournament as they have been given permission by their cricket board. Just after the tournament on October 15, ICC T20 World Cup 2021 starts on October 17 in the same place in the UAE. The ICC Tournament is also hosted by the Indian Cricket Board, BCCI.
Australian players will all be part of the second phase of IPL 2021
A total of 20 Australia players were part of the first leg of the 2021 season. Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, David Warner, Riley Meredith, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Dan Christian, Moises Henriques, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, Chris Lynn, Mitchel Marsh, Steve Smith, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Ben Cutting, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams and Jason Behrendorff are the Aussie players who have contracts with various IPL franchises in the 2021 season.
While some of these players decided before the start of the tournament to concentrate on playing for their country, some others left the tournament halfway due to the increase in Covid-19 in April this year in India. Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson were few Aussie players who returned to their homeland halfway through the tournament.
After the tournament was suspended on May 2 this year, up to 40 Australian players, coaches, broadcasters and support staff had to stay in the Maldives while the Australian government closed the country’s border for Indian flights. Later they reached Australia with a privately rented flight arranged by BCCI.
Pat Cummins said he will miss the IPL 2021 UAE leg as he is expecting his first child. However, he has committed to returning to the squad for the 2020 T20I World Cup. Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Philippe, who selected before the start of the 1st leg, can return to the second leg of the tournament. Franchises that have chosen a replacement for one player could pick one of the two in the second leg of the 2021 season.