Fans are ready for the IPL 2020, to be held in the UAE from 19 September. Eight teams have tied up with 125 Indian and 62 foreign players for this T20 league.
But at least 34 of these foreign players are expected to join the IPL by a week due to travel and other restrictions due to the Corona virus and the International Cricket Program.
According to a report by InsideSport, there are a total of 34 players from Sri Lanka, Australia, England, South Africa who are expected to join the IPL 2020 or who are not sure about playing.
Players likely to join the IPL late include Australia’s Steve Smith, David Warner and Pat Cummins, South Africa’s AB de Villiers, David Miller, England’s Ben Stokes and Joffra Archer and Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga and Isuru Udana Are included.
Malinga and Udana will join the IPL late due to Lanka Premier League
These include two Sri Lankan players, Mumbai Indians pacer Lasith Malinga and RCB all-rounder Isuru Udana, who may be ruled out of the first week of IPL 2020 to take part in the Lanka Premier League. According to reports, the Lanka Premier League will end in the third week of September and no one will be allowed to skip matches due to the IPL, which will delay their participation in the league.
As reported by Times Now, the Lanka Premier League will begin on 28 August. Sri Lanka Cricket has not announced the schedule of the tournament yet. The update has also confirmed that Malinga and Udana will not be part of the preparations camp before the start of the IPL. According to the rules, he will be quarantined for three days after arriving in the UAE. The IPL 2020 is to begin in the UAE from 19 September.
Lasith Malinga made Mumbai Indians champions of IPL 2019
Malinga’s absence would be a major setback for Mumbai Indians. This senior bowler earned the title for the fourth time to Mumbai Indians, saving two runs on the last ball of the final of IPL 2019. Mumbai will also have bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter Nile, Hardik Pandya and Dhawal Kulkarni, despite Malinga not playing.
RCB may not miss Udana as Chris Morris is scheduled to play. This South African all-rounder was bought by RCB for Rs 10 crore.
Players from Australia, England, South Africa likely to join IPL late
Apart from these two, there may be a delay in reaching the players of Australia and England. The limited-overs series between England and Australia is expected to end on 16 September. This also confirms that they will not be part of the preparatory camp to be held before the IPL. Also, all players will have to stay in quarantine for three days after reaching UAE.
The availability of South African players is also in doubt as the lockdown is in force due to Corona in their country. South Africa has closed its borders. For this reason, five South African players will also not take part in Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
IPL 2020: List of 34 foreign players who arrive late or doubtful to play
Sri Lanka: (Because of playing in Lanka Premier League)
Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana
South Africa: (due to ban on flying from South Africa due to corona virus)
AB de Villiers (RCB)
Chris Morris (RCB)
Kagiso Rabada (DC)
Quinton de Cock (MI)
Dale Steyn (RCB)
Hardus Willogen (KXIP)
David Miller (RR)
Lungi ngidi (CSK)
Faf du Plessis (CSK)
Imran Tahir (CSK)
England: 10 players of this team are likely to join the IPL by a week delay due to the series against Australia.
Ben Stokes (RR)
Joffra Archer (RR)
Sam Curran (CSK)
Eoin Morgan (KKR)
Jose Butler (RR)
Johnny Bairstow (SRH)
Moeen Ali (RCB)
Jason Roy (DC)
Chris Woakes (DC)
Tom Banton (KKR)
Tom Curran (RR)
Harry Garni (KKR)
Chris Jordan (KXIP)
Australia: Due to visiting England, he can join the IPL with a delay of 7-8 days
Pat Cummins (KKR)
Steve Smith (RR)
David Warner (SRH)
Glenn Maxwell (KXIP)
Marcus Stoinis (DC)
Aaron Finch (RCB)
Ken Richardson (RCB)
Alex Carrie (DC)
Andrew Tye (RR)