These Players Are Uncertain For The UAE Leg
The news of the resumption of IPL (Indian Premier League) has been met with a lot of anticipation and excitement by both cricket fans and players alike. The IPL 2021 had been suspended in May by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) after the bio bubbles of four IPL franchises were breached.
The league was suspended precisely at its mid-point in the interest of safety and wellness of all involved by the BCCI. However, after several discussions and even an SGM (Special General Meeting), the BCCI announced the resumption of the league, only this time it would be held in UAE. It is set to run from September 17th, with the final penciled in for October 10th, 2021.
Before the IPL’s hiatus, Delhi Capitals were in the lead, having played eight games, won six, and lost two. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was a close second, having played seven matches, won five, and lost two. However, CSK is poised to take the lead if they win their next game as they have a better Net Run Rate.
However, some players will miss the second phase of the IPL. Their respective cricket boards have decided to prepare their teams for the ICC T20 World Cup and other international fixtures coming up in October. England, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan have confirmed they will not allow their players to return to the IPL 2021 in UAE. Australia and New Zealand are yet to clarify their stance.
Chennai Super Kings will be one of the teams that will be the hardest hit. At least four of their overseas players will miss the second half of the IPL. Mitchell Satner, the lethal New Zealand spinner, is likely to be absent as the Kiwis have white-ball matches against Pakistan. Mitchell is yet to make a significant contribution in IPL 2021 because he has been on the bench. Jason Behrendorff, the Australian pacer, may also be missing for the second leg of the IPL. He was brought on as a replacement for Josh Hazelwood but had yet to play for CSK before the IPL was suspended. He might not play at all if the Australia Cricket Board decides to withhold its players.
Moeen Ali, the English all-rounder, has been in phenomenal form for CSK, and his absence will surely be felt. The most profound loss for the MS Dhoni-led CSK will be Sam Curran, who will most definitely miss this second leg in UAE. The English cricketer has been in ever-green form since he joined the franchise in 2020. CSK will have to make do with their depleted lineup as the title race heats up.
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