Australia’s chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns has clarified that the players need to be available for international commitments by letting go of their IPL deals. With the second leg of IPL 2021 likely to begin in mid-September in the UAE organized by the BCCI, most foreign players are unlikely to participate in the same. Trevor Hohns underlined that if the T20 tri-series, involving West Indies and Afghanistan is scheduled then, he believes the first-choice players need to play.
After Australia’s white-ball tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh, Australia could schedule a T20 tri-series West Indies and Afghanistan ahead of the T20 World Cup. The men in yellow’s 18-member squad to play in the West Indies and Bangladesh has too many of their first-choice cricketers missing. While Steve Smith opted out due to an elbow injury, the likes of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, and Marcus Stoinis opted out due to personal reasons.
Trevor Hohns expects the Australian players to sacrifice their IPL deals to make themselves available for their international commitments. Simultaneously, Hohns said it would depend upon their own commitments and what they think should be the players’ top priority.
“Around that time of the year, I would certainly hope so. However, it will certainly depend on their commitments and what we think they should be committing to regarding their Australian commitments at that time,” Hohns said as quoted by Cricket.com.au.
That will be an interesting discussion for us: Trevor Hohns
Trevor Hohns also commented that there is no guarantee that the players who skipped the West Indies and Bangladesh tours would directly come into contention for the T20 World Cup. The 67-year old believes that if any player delivers some eye-catching performances in these two legs, they would be rewarded in the future.
“That will be an interesting discussion for us, there’s no doubt about that, depending on performances in the West Indies particularly by some of the extra inclusions for this tour. If somebody were to really shoot the lights out with the bat or the ball, we’d have to stand up and take notice,” he added.