The remainder of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will take place in the United Arab Emirates, immediately after the culmination of India’s five-match Test series against England in the UK.
However, the biggest issue facing the BCCI and franchises is regarding the availability of overseas players for the UAE leg.
The ECB has already made it clear that it will not allow its players to feature in the IPL even if they are not involved with the national team at the time.
If other boards follow suit, then it could create a real issue for all the franchises, including Punjab Kings.
On that note, here’s a look at 5 Punjab Kings (PBKS) Players Who Might Miss The UAE Leg Of The IPL 2021:
Chris Jordan featured in just three games for Punjab Kings during the India-leg of IPL 2021. In 3 games, Jordan claimed two wickets at an average of 38 and an economy rate of 8.44.
Jordan is a crucial part of England’s T20I set-up and with Ashley Giles making it clear that no English player will be allowed to feature in the UAE leg of the IPL, we may have seen the last of Jordan this year.
“We have a full schedule if we go from the end of the fifth Test in September. We are set to leave for Bangladesh in the next couple of days. We have a full schedule right through, including Pakistan and wherever the T20 World Cup is,” said Giles.
“We are going to have to give some of these guys a break at some point. But the intention of giving guys a break for, say, Bangladesh wouldn’t be for them to go and play cricket elsewhere,” he said.
“We have to manage our schedule now, so we get our guys arriving in the best shape possible for the T20 World Cup and Ashes,” added Giles.