Cricket Australia’s announcement to tour Pakistan in the month of March-April could see their players missing 4 to 5 IPL matches. The Australian board on Friday confirmed touring Pakistan after 24 years. As per the schedule, the series will end on April 5, which means that the players will miss initial matches.
The BCCI has confirmed that IPL 2022 will kick off in the last week of March, which automatically rules out IPL-bound players for few matches. As per Cricbuzz, the visiting players have to stay in isolation for 5 days. The Australia tour of Pakistan ends on April 5 and the Aussie players will not be able to participate in the first two weeks of IPL. As per the schedule, the Pat Cummins-led side will land in Pakistan in February. The three-match Test series will be played from March 4 to 25 while the three ODIs will be played on March 29, 31 and April 2. The one-off T20I will be played on April 5.
Australia haven’t announced their squad for the tour yet but a strong team is expected to land in Pakistan. “I think we’ll get close to a full-strength squad. There is still a little bit of work to do. We have received a lot of information and it has been great. All the pre-tour security and biosecurity work has been done and it’s been fantastic,” Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins said recently. He also added, “There are a couple of players still keen to get a bit more information but everyone is really pumped and feeling relatively comfortable. If anyone doesn’t make the tour it is absolutely okay, we will back them for sure.”
Cummins is one of the players who is expected to bag a big IPL deal in the auction but he won’t be available for the complete season if he tours Pakistan. Apart from him, David Warner, Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood, Aaron Finch are among the players who are expected to draw bids in the IPL 2022 mega auction. In 2019 too, the Australian players had joined their respective IPL teams after the ODI series against Pakistan.