The second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 starts from 19 September in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Up to 31 matches take place in the second leg of the cash-rich league, with reigning champions Mumbai Indians (MI) accept winners three times Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the opening match.
Several cricket boards are also exploring all options to enable their players to take part in the remaining matches. Amidst it all, Australian fit Pat Cummins, which represents Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the lucrative league, gave hints about his unavailability for the fourteenth season.
Cummins revealed it during the Live question and answer session on his Youtube channel. The Speedster of New South Wales said it his wife Becky Boston is pregnant, and they are expecting their first baby during the T20 tournament. Cummins also explained that the travel restrictions and quarantine rules make it even more challenging for him to join his KKR group.
‘Unfortunately, at this stage I will probably not go to the IPL. I did not make an official call about it. But my partner is pregnant, and our baby needs to be in the middle of the IPL, ” says Cummins.
‘At the moment there is a travel restriction to return to Australia; you must do quarantine for two weeks. There is probably a few days quarantine to the UAE. So for the second half of this season it will be very difficult to get there, ” he added.
There is no doubt that the absence of Cummins will affect the Knight Riders as he was the highest wicket taker for his team in the first leg. The right-hander bagged seven wickets in seven games.