Exactly one month from today, the second phase of IPL 2021 will take place in the UAE. But before it starts, many IPL teams are worried about their players. Such is the case with international leisure activities during the IPL. Now, the August 20 deadline for franchises to submit a list of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been troubling them. Previously, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia had approved their players to play in the second phase of the IPL, but the final decision is yet to be decided by the players.
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A franchise official told the news website ‘Inside Sport’, ‘We have to send the team through August 20 but I cannot confirm whether all the foreign players are available or not. We are still in talks with some players. The good thing is that the T20 World Cup will be held in the UAE and we are confident that all the players will be available but we are still waiting for some players to make it happen. Another franchise said, “Yes, the BCCI delayed giving an official reply was a bit of a hassle. We kept hearing about the availability of players in the news but the BCCI only confirmed it officially in August. That’s why the August 20 deadline is just ahead of us. .
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The T20 World Cup will be held in the UAE a few months later, with teams expected to take part in the IPL in preparation for the World Cup. If we talk about IPL teams, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is the only team with all its players. Rajasthan Royals’ troubles with Sanju Samson’s leadership are mounting. First Ben Stokes has taken an indefinite break from cricket due to mental health, then fast bowler Joffra Archer. It is doubtful that even the early Jose Butler will join the team. Chennai Super Kings have completed their quarantine and now they can participate in practice sessions.