With the BCCI announcing the second phase of IPL 2021 is set to move to the UAE, several franchises are in a fix. Even though the BCCI has the power to make any overseas players available, it looks unlikely that their respective cricketing boards will give the cricketers the NOC. Hence, the franchises are nervous about their chances in the UAE leg of the competition. The franchises that will most be affected are the ones dependent hugely on their overseas contingent.
With the England Cricket Board (ECB) strongly refusing their players to compete in the lucrative T20 league, 13-14 players are likely to miss out. Bangladesh players are also unlikely to receive the NOC, while the availability of Australians have yet to undergo discussion. While the BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla has asserted that IPL 2021 will go ahead regardless of who is available, the unavailability of overseas cricketers would surely affect the viewership.
We take a look at all IPL teams and the players likely to be unavailable for them in the remainder of the season:
Chennai Super Kings:
Chennai Super Kings were one of the most consistent teams in the first leg of IPL 2021. After a poor outing in 2020, Chennai Super Kings bounced back incredibly to finish the first phase of the tournament in the second spot. Even though their opening clash against the Delhi Capitals resulted in a loss, they bounced back to register five victories on the trot.
Other than the Capitals, only Mumbai Indians got the better of them. However, their overseas players like Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, and Faf Du Plessis were significantly responsible for their dominant run this year. Ali, who played at number three, not only performed well with the bat, but also with the ball. His England teammate, Sam Curran, also impressed with his all-round abilities. Hence, their likeliness to miss the UAE leg will affect their chances.
Chennai Super Kings squad: MS Dhoni (c), Moeen Ali, KM Asif, Jason Behrendorff, Bhagath Verma, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran, Faf Du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Krishnappa Gowtham, C Nishaanth, Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja, Narayanan Jagadeesan, Lungi Ngidi, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Harishankar Reddy, R Sai Kishore, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Robin Uthappa.
Players likely to miss the UAE leg: Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Santer.