The Indian Premier League or IPL was disrupted with a coronavirus wave in the teams this year. Understandably, the richest and most popular cricket series is now struggling to retain all the popular international players. And with that, the speculations around Australian Tri-series is also making this year a bit more dim for the world’s most loved league. According to IPL’s latest news, Australia is planning to host its T20 Tri-series in October this year. But how does that affect the Indian Premier League?
Due to coronavirus, despite the bubble, the IPL was stalled earlier this year. The second phase of the tournament is set to begin on 19th September 2021. The final match will be played on 15th October 2021. However, the Australian cricket board is planning its Tri-series in October. Australia is going to play the tri series with the West Indies and Afghanistan. If this was not enough of a problem, the chairman of selectors, Trevor Hohns, has explicitly said that he expects Australian players to forgo the high-profile T20 IPL for national representation.
Moreover, if the Tri-series collides with IPL, then many international players from Australia, West Indies, and Afghanistan will not be seen in the IPL 2021 phase 2. This news is quite a big jolt to the high-profile cricket league. But when the BCCI was asked about the complex situation, they stated that they are not aware of any such Tri-series, and all the international players will be available in the second phase as well. Moreover, seven Australian cricketers have already pulled out of the Bangladesh and West Indies twin tours.
But the catch is that it is not necessary that the IPL returnees will be guaranteed a spot in the Tri-series. The Australian chairman further stated that they are planning to rope in all their first-class players regardless of the concerning situation. Therefore, this cricket game has turned the heat up a notch. Both fans from the two sides are looking to enjoy both the series without missing their favorite players. However, one can not deny that the situation is a complete mess for the second phase of IPL 2021.
Let’s wait for confirmation for the Tri-series and hope that the two most ambitious leagues do not clash with each other.