- Akash Vaishnav
IPL 2022: Australian players have been a part of India’s franchise cricket league. They have been playing since the inception of the tournament. The Aussies have added a bit of BBL flavor in the cash-rich IPL.
They are expected to play a big part in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League. In the latest development, two veteran Australian players will not feature in the upcoming limited-overs series against Pakistan next month.
Australia Test captain Pat Cummins and opener David Warner will not take part in the upcoming overseas assignment. The duo was excluded from the squad. This happened for the ODIs and Twenty-20 clash.
Pat Cummins, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon were named in the squad for the Pakistan tour. Australia will lock horns with Pakistan. The game will consist of 3 Tests. However, they will not be involved in the wake of the conclusion of the series.
The likes of Cummins, Warner, Hazlewood, and Maxwell have lucrative deals in India’s franchise cricket T20 tournament. The upcoming edition of the IPL is slated to kick off soon. It is expected to begin at the end of March.
Nonetheless, they will only be able to join the IPL teams after the Aussies play a solitary T20 against Pakistan. The solitary T20I will kick off on April 5. Meanwhile, the chair of selectors George Bailey confirmed the development.
On the other hand, Glenn Maxwell has been given some time off for his wedding. Other cricketers are expected to head back home. This happened in the wake of the third Test match in Lahore (March 21 to 25).
“We’ve worked really hard with our multi-format players over a long period, not just this series coming up and leading into the IPL,” Bailey said. The chair of selectors added that they have taken an “active approach”.
“One of the things we’re keen to ensure is we maintain having our best Australian players playing for Australia for as long as possible in the medium and longer-term.
“We’re constantly managing and working with them around their personal situations to get what they need and continue to get what they need.” Meanwhile, Australia will jet off to Pakistan for the first time since 1998.
Australia is due to lock horns with Pakistan in the three-match Test series. The first, second, and third games will kick off in Rawalpindi, Karachi, and Lahore respectively.
On the other hand, Aussies will travel to Rawalpindi to play the limited-overs games (March 29 to April 5). Aaron Finch will lead a 16-man squad from the front for the upcoming limited-overs series.
Aaron Finch, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa.
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