The resumption of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) has been dealt another blow, as Australia pacer Pat Cummins has announced that he will not travel to the UAE to play the remaining matches for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Cummins has already stated that he will not play in the remaining IPL matches, but no reason has been given for his decision.
“David Warner and Pat Cummins may be rested from the West Indies tour for family reasons – others may follow after a draining year in several bubbles – and Cummins, despite a multimillion-dollar IPL contract, has already said he will not return to the T20 tournament this season,” according to the report.
Previously, Ashley Giles, managing director of the England men’s team, stated that the England and Wales Cricket (ECB) do not intend to change their schedule for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
The suspended 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is expected to be played between September 15 and October 15, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) considering a 25-day window for the cash-rich league.
“At some point, we’ll have to give some of these guys a break. But the goal of giving guys a break for, say, Bangladesh isn’t for them to go play cricket somewhere else “Giles was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as saying.
“We have to manage our schedule now so that our guys arrive in the best possible shape for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes,” he added.
The BCCI announced on Saturday (May 29) that the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The board stated in an official release that the decision to relocate the tournament to the UAE was made due to the monsoon season in India during the months of September and October.
The decision was made at a virtual Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday, where members unanimously agreed to restart IPL.
“The BCCI SGM also authorised the office bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to make an appropriate decision on the hosting of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the BCCI said in an official statement.