England’s explosive batsman Jonny Bairstow, seizure of the highest order Dawid Malan a star all-rounder Chris Woakes withdrew from the upcoming second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL), starting on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to a report in the Guardian, the English trio have decided to retire from the cash-rich league, citing a busy schedule that includes the 2020 T20 World Cup and the Ashes. Interestingly, the news was reported only 24 hours later the cancellation of the 5th Test match between India and England, which has already caused great controversy in the cricket world.
This is undoubtedly a big blow for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), as Bairstow has been their first opening batsman since their IPL debut. In fact, the right-handed batsman was in excellent condition in the first half of IPL 2021 and scored 248 runs in seven games.
When it comes to Malan, he played the first half Punjab Kings (PBKS), led by KL Rahul. Malan played just one game and scored 26 runs. This is how Woakes appears for Delhi Capital (DC) in the 2021 season, who scored five wickets in three games.
This is not the first time that English players have proved that they are not available for the IPL. Earlier, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler has already withdrawn him, stating personal reasons, while Jofra Archer is out until 2022 with an elbow injury.
This leaves 10 English players appearing in the IPL. These players are Moeen Ali and Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings), Tom Curran and Liam Livingstone (Rajasthan Royals), George Garton (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Eoin Morgan (Kolkata Knight Riders), Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid (Punjab Kings), Jason Roy (Sunrisers Hyderabad).