Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive Nick Hockley on Monday said that the BCCI’s first priority is to ensure that the players are reunited with their families & the call on their participation in the IPL 2021 Phase 2 will be discussed later.
“Once we get back together as a group that the IPL 2021 is something we will discuss. Our players returning from the IPL 2021 have only today come out of quarantine, so our first priority is to make sure that they are reunited with their families, we then have a tour to prepare for in the West Indies”, ESPNcricinfo quoted Nick Hockley as saying.
Australian players have completed their quarantine on Monday 31st May & they have finally reunited with their families, the IPL was suspended on May 4th & then the Australian contingent head to the Maldives & spent 14 days of quarantine after reaching Sydney.
The BCCI on Saturday announced that it will complete the remaining matches of the IPL 2021 in the UAE. In an official release, the BCCI said that the decision to move the IPL 2021 to UAE has been taken considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October.
The decision of conducting the remaining IPL 2021 in the UAE was taken at a Special General Meeting held virtually on Saturday where the members of the Board agreed to resume the IPL 2021 in the UAE.
“They are clearly shaken by the experience & are very appreciative to be back home, very much looking forward to being reunited with family & friends today. It’s a couple of weeks before the West Indies touring party then regroups at the National Cricket Center in Brisbane & then that’s the team to refocus”, said Hockley.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has finalized the September-October window for the completion of the IPL 2021 during the virtual SGM on Saturday. The board also decided that it will keep a window till July before deciding about the availability of foreign players.
Speaking to the ANI, sources close to the developments said that the State Associations were informed that discussions will be taken around July on whether foreign players will be available or there is the need for bringing in replacements of foreign players.
“The board has decided to discuss the issue with all the foreign boards involved over the next few weeks & will also give them time to discuss the matter internally & inform the BCCI on whether players can be made available for the resumption of the IPL 2021 in UAE in September. The BCCI will wait till around July before taking the next set of decisions on player availability”, the source explained.
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