Australian players will find it difficult to justify their participation in the second half of the postponed IPL 2021, given the hectic national schedule, feels Aaron Finch, captain of the limited over.
Australia’s top seven cricketers, including David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams, withdrew from the upcoming West Indies series for a variety of reasons, excluding themselves from a possible tour of Bangladesh. .
Finch said he understands the decision of his teammates.
“The other guys – I was a little surprised,” Finch said. cricket.com.au on SEN Radio.
“I talked to everyone – a little surprised, but it’s understandable too … but I wish they were there.”
Asked about his team-mates who asked not to be considered for the tours, Finch said: “I think they will find it difficult to go back and play the second half of the IPL. Just purely based on the workload that a T20 World Cup and a big home summer.
“It’s really hard. It is a difficult situation in which everyone is placed, but I will find it difficult to know how difficult it is and how challenging it is mentally, and also for your family. This is what I would think. ”
Star batsman Steve Smith has also not been included in the squad, as he has yet to fully recover from an elbow injury that flared up during the IPL.
Earlier this week, Australian President Trevor Hohns made it clear that he expects the country’s IPL players to abandon the high T20 league starting from mid-September when there is a three-match series with West at the same time. -India and Afghanistan are planned.
The absence of the top players means veteran Dan Christian, Big Bash League stars Ben McDermott, West Agar and Riley Meredith will have an opportunity to prove themselves internationally.
“The guys who are not there have probably left the door slightly on a crack. What it looks like when the T20 World Cup arrives, we will have to wait and see,” Finch said.
‘But if you can perform on an international stage against a very good team from the West Indies and Bangladesh (and perform well), it carries a lot of weight.