Cricket Australia refuses to let players leave for IPL during Pakistan tour

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Cricket Australia has made it clear that none of its players, who are part of the Pakistan tour, will be allowed to leave for the Indian Premier League (IPL) before the tour concludes.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed the IPL franchises about unavailability of the Aussie players for the entire tournament. The Australian players who are part of the IPL mega auction includes Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, and David Warner.

They have also been named in Australia’s squad for Pakistan tour. Unlike most of the time where players have abandoned international duty for the IPL, the Aussie cricketers will not be allowed to do so.

“We do see the IPL as a really good development opportunity when it fits, but there’s obviously a huge amount of cricket with a series (in Sri Lanka) planned for immediately-post the IPL as well,” George Bailey, Australia’s chairman of selectors said.

He made it clear that they won’t be releasing players when Australia is playing. “So, it will be about working with the individuals to ensure they’re getting the preparation they need, but we certainly won’t be releasing players to the IPL while Australia are playing.”

Australia’s historic tour of Pakistan will concluded on April 5. In an email, IPL franchises were informed that Cricket Australia will allow its players, who are part of the Pakistan tour, to travel for the IPL from April 6.

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