Josh Hazlewood was supposed to fly to India today with the rest of Australia’s IPL teams, but the pacer has opted to skip this year’s tournament to spend more time with his family.
Josh Hazlewood, the pacer for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), has withdrawn from the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). Hazlewood was scheduled to travel to India today with the rest of Australia’s IPL teams, but the pacer has opted to skip this year’s tournament to spend more time with his family. “It’s been a long 10 months in bubbles and quarantine at various times, so I’ve decided to take a break from cricket and spend the next two months at home and in Australia. We’re also in for a long winter. The West Indies tour will be lengthy, with a Bangladesh T20 tour perhaps tossed in at the end “According to cricket.com.au, Hazlewood said.
“Plus there’s the likelihood of the T20 World Cup leading up to the Ashes, so it’ll be a major 12 months, as it always is with Australia, and I want to make sure I’m mentally and physically prepared. That’s the choice I’ve taken, and it’s one I’m happy with “Added he.
Mitchell Marsh, the all-rounder for SunRisers Hyderabad, also pulled out of this year’s IPL on Wednesday, and the franchise named Jason Roy as his replacement.
Earlier this year, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Joshua Philippe opted to skip the IPL due to personal reasons.
The IPL 2021 season will kick off on April 9 with a match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). CSK will play the Delhi Capitals, headed by Rishabh Pant, in their first match on April 10 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Dhoni has guided CSK to three IPL titles (2010, 2011, and 2018). Last season, the team finished in seventh place and missed out on the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.