Cricket Australia Issues NOC For Australian Players To Participate In IPL 2021
Cricket Australia Issues NOC For Australian Players To Participate In IPL 2021. Image Credits: Twitter

Cricket Australia has issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to Australian players to participate in the second leg of IPL 2021. IPL 2021 was suspended midway in May this year after the Covid-19 pandemic affected few players of the tournament. Now, the second leg of IPL 2021 is scheduled to be conducted from September 19 to October 15 in UAE.  A total of 36 matches will be played in the 2nd leg of the tournament.

Many top Australian players will take part in the second leg of the tournament as they have been granted permission by their Cricket Board. Just after the conclusion of the tournament on October 15, ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is slated to begin on October 17 at the same venue UAE. The ICC tournament will also be hosted by the Indian Cricket Board, BCCI.

IPL 2021: Cricket Australia Issues No Objection Certificate (NOC) To Australian Players To Participate In The 2nd Phase

Australian Players All Set To Be Part Of IPL 2021 2nd Phase

A total of 20 Australian players were part of the 1st leg of the 2021 season. Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, David Warner, Riley Meredith, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Dan Christian, Moises Henriques, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, Chris Lynn, Mitchel Marsh, Steve Smith, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Ben Cutting, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, and Jason Behrendorff are the Aussie players who have contracts with different IPL franchises in the 2021 season.

While some of these players opted out before the start of the tournament to concentrate on playing for their country, some others had left the tournament midway due to the Covid-19 surge in India during April this year. Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson were few Aussie players who returned to their home country midway during the tournament.

Andrew Tye
Andrew Tye (Image Credit: Twitter)

After the tournament was suspended on May 2 this year, as many as 40 Australian players, coaches, broadcasters, and support staff had to stay in the Maldives as the Australian government had closed the nation’s border for Indian flights. Later, they reached Australia with a private chartered flight arranged by BCCI.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pat Cummins has said that he will miss the IPL 2021 UAE leg as he is expecting his first child. However, he has committed to return to the squad for the T20I World Cup 2021.  Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, and Josh Philippe, who had opted out of the 1st leg before its start, are eligible to return to the second leg of the tournament. Franchises who picked a replacement for one player can pick either of the two in the 2nd leg of the 2021 season.