Before the 15th season of the Indian Premier League i.e. IPL, bad news has come to the fore for some teams. Cricket Australia has issued a decree for its players that even if they do not play the ODI and T20 series against Pakistan, they will not be available for IPL 2022 until the tour of Pakistan is over. This news has blown the senses of some teams.
In fact, on Tuesday, Cricket Australia announced a 16-member team for the three-match ODI and one-match T20 series to be played against Pakistan. The names of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Glenn Maxwell are not included in this team. In such a situation, these players should have joined their IPL franchise, but this is not going to happen.
Cricket Australia and the team’s head coach George Bailey have made it clear that even after playing the Test series, these players will remain with the Australian team in Pakistan. Australia’s tour of Pakistan will end on April 5. However, Glenn Maxwell is not a part of this entire tour as he has taken a break from cricket due to his marriage and he too will probably not be available from the first match of the IPL.
The schedule of IPL 2022 has not been revealed yet, but it is believed that the tournament can start in the last week of March and at the same time Australia will play a limited-overs series with Pakistan. Even David Warner, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood will not be part of this series but they will not be available for IPL 2022 either.
13 Australian players are part of different teams of IPL. However, some Australian players will be available from the start of IPL 2022. The only ones currently not bound by CA contracts (available from the start of the tournament) are Daniel Sams, Riley Meredith, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Tim David from the first match.