Pat Cummins- Last month, the Indian Cricket Regulatory Board (BCCI) confirmed that the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season would be held in the United Arab Emirates “in view of the rainy season in India in the months of September-October”. While the news brings great joy to IPL fans around the world, many are left wondering about the participation of their overseas stars. There has been a lot of speculation that many big names will be missing when IPL 2021 resumes in the UAE and on Friday Dinesh Karthik but rejected Kolkata Knight Riders star Pat Cummins.
The former KKR captain revealed that Australia’s sense of speed was “absolutely not coming”. Karthik’s comments will come as a huge blow to the team that was in trouble in seventh place on the IPL Points Table where the tournament was to be postponed.
“Pat Cummins has said for himself that he will not come,” Karthik told TOI.
It was unclear whether the England players would be allowed to take part in the tournament with their boards but Karthik said he was ready to lead the KKR team if regular captain Eoin Morgan did not show up.
“But when it comes to Eoin Morgan, there are still three months left. There is a lot that can change from now until September. But if I am told to lead, I will be ready,” said the player.
Many international stars, especially those from Australia, were forced to leave India immediately after IPL 2021 was postponed after COVID-19 broke the IPL bio-bubble, with several players and team members checking it out. .
Cummins, David Warner, Steve Smith were among the players, coaches and Australian officials who only completed a jail term earlier this week after returning from a flight from the Maldives.
They spent about ten days in the Maldives before the Australian government lifted the temporary ban on citizens living in India.