Australian skipper Aaron Finch slammed the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, and Jhye Richardson for skipping the upcoming ODI and T20I series against West Indies and Bangladesh. He believes the absentees will “find it hard to justify” featuring in the second phase of the Indian Premier League scheduled in September in UAE.
Finch admitted he was surprised when the first team players were missing from the squad announced for the white-ball tour of the Caribbean and Bangladesh. Although admitted that it had been a “long-term plan” for David Warner, Pat Cummins, who are also amongst the highest-paid Australians in IPL, missed out, he was not expecting others to follow suit.
“The other guys – I was a little bit surprised,” Finch told a radio station. “I’ve chatted to them all – a little bit surprised but it’s also understandable … but I wish that they were there.”
What The Australian players are thinking :
While Pat Cummins has withdrawn from the IPL, others are yet to announce their decision. However, selection chief Trevor Hohns has made it clear that he expects national commitments over the IPL.
Steve Smith, meanwhile, was ruled out due to an elbow injury that aggravated during his stint with Delhi Capitals.
“It’s really tough. It’s a tough situation that everyone has been put in, but personally, I would find it hard to do that knowing how difficult it is and how challenging it is mentally, and on your family as well. That’s what I would think,” Finch said about other Australian players.
Australia will host Sri Lanka for 3-match ODI and T20I series in October before the ICC T20 World Cup. There is a possibility that just like the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Cricket Australia completely shuns the idea of allowing its players to return for IPL.
Australian Players who can miss out: Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, David Warner, Jhye Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith, Riley Meredith, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Dan Christian, Chris Lynn, Andrew Tye, Ben Cutting, Jason Behrendorff, Moises Henriques, Adam Zampa