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In what comes as a huge blow to Kolkata Knight Riders, their most expensive player Pat Cummins has confirmed that he won’t be returning for the second leg of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) slated to take place in the United Arab Emirates in the September 15-October 15 window.
Cummins, who was bought by KKR for a whopping Rs 15.5 crores in the 2020 IPL Auctions won’t travel to UAE despite the multimillion-dollar contract.
A report in the Sydney Morning Herald states that Cummins has already made it clear that he won’t be returning for the second leg of the cash-rich league.
“David Warner and Pat Cummins could be rested from the West Indies tour because of family reasons - others could 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,” the report stated.
Earlier the England Cricket Board (ECB) director Ashley Giles confirmed that they won’t be changing their schedule for the IPL. It becomes a tricky situation for Cricket Australia to whether allow the rest of the Australian cricketers to participate in the second leg of IPL.
The BCCI on Saturday confirmed the resumption of IPL in UAE in September. The dates are yet to be finalised. They are looking at a 25-day window to complete the remaining 31 matches.
“The decision was taken at a special general meeting held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the BCCI statement read.
The Aussies will travel to the Caribbean shores in late June for to prepare for the T20 World Cup. That will be followed by a home summer for the Aussies which will include a Test against Afghanistan and the Ashes series. It remains to be seen what decision CA takes regarding their player’s participation in the IPL.