With 20th August being the squad submission deadline many franchises are yet to get their confirmation from other foreign players. IPL 2021 franchises have requested BCCI to extend the allotted deadline to finalise the IPL team. The IPL 2021 phase two is scheduled from 19th September to 15th October. Though the dates are nearing, the uncertainties haven’t ended after the quad submission deadline has passed.
Many international players have opted out from the IPL 2021. After the Rajasthan Royals announced that Jos Buttler is not returning to the league, they have signed Glenn Phillips as his replacement. Sources say that Australian pacers Jhye Richardson and Rylie Meredith have pulled out of the league, leaving the Punjab Kings in uncertainty.
The Australian pacer Damoel Sams has been replaced by Sri Lanka’s pacer Dushman. Chameera. After two pacers opted out from the Punjab Kings team, Nathan Ellis has also been signed by the organisers of Punjab Kings . KKR’s Australian pacer Pat Cummins’s confirmation is yet to come though he has dropped hints regarding his unavailability for the league.
Steve Smith is yet to confirm his availability in the IPL 2021 phase 2. The likes of Andrew Tye (RR) and Adam Zampa (RCB) had pulled out of the IPL 2021 opening leg mid-season, citing COVID-19 as the concern.
Sources say that none of the franchises have submitted the finalised Indian Premier League team squad list within the deadline except the Chennai Super Kings. The team has the entire squad in hand, with Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood returning to the team after missing out on the first phase of the league.
Besides getting the nod from the international players, the franchise also faces another issue. It has pointed out the BCCI’s delay in negotiation with ECB and CA. The franchises are still at loggerheads on whether to find replacement players or wait for BCCI