The IPL’s second phase (of IPL 2021) will begin on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates. The franchise had to put its thinking caps on ahead of the series to figure out who would be replaced and who would be added. The BCCI has now given them permission to bring back players who were replaced in the Indian phase of the competition, due to injury. Shreyas Iyer and T Natarajan will now be available for their respective franchises as a result of this development.
The players who were brought in as substitutes were unlikely to be retained for the second leg and play an IPL match. However, with a shortage of players, they become an integral part of the IPL’s registered pool of players. That was according to IPL chief operating officer Hemang Amin. He also stated that if the franchise released the original player, he would not be able to join the registered pool.
What Amin Told ESPNcricinfo Ahead Of The Second Phase Of The IPL 2021 Tournament?
He had already requested that the IPL clubs submit a list of substitute players, with a deadline of the 20th of August. The responses had started coming in from the various teams trying to finalize their playing eleven. This was after the impact of the pandemic on the list of players that would be playing in the tournament.
Many of the top names from a lot of teams had suggested that they would not be returning. The players had claimed that they would be taking a break and focusing on getting the much-needed rest in this pandemic situation, that has not just been physically but mentally exhausting as well for each and every member involved with the team, either the players or the coaching staff.
“If in case any player who was injured or unavailable during the India leg of IPL 2021 and is now fit or available then the franchise which had taken a replacement player for such previous unavailability, will need to elect any one of them,”
Who Will Captain Delhi Capitals For The Remainder Of The Season?
Due to a shoulder injury sustained during the white-ball series against England at home, Shreyas Iyer, the Delhi Capitals captain, was forced to miss the first half of the tournament. Rishabh Pant took over as captain in his absence, and the team had a solid performance in the opening leg of the competition. The team is yet to declare who would captain the squad for the rest of the IPL season.
The arrival of Natarajan will be a huge boost for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team. The squad is now in last place and has had a disappointing campaign so far anyway. Due to a troublesome knee, the bowler had to withdraw from the IPL and undergo surgery.
Workloads and bubble fatigue have caused many players to withdraw from the event. The IPL’s second phase will be held in the United Arab Emirates, with Mumbai Indians drawing against Chennai Super Kings on September 19.
Can The Second Phase Of The IPL 2021 Tournament Actually Help Team India Do Well In The T20 World Cup?
The IPL 2021 had originally started off in India, where the tournament was supposed to happen. To add to that, the T20 World Cup 2021 was supposed to be hosted by the BCCI in India too. However, neither of those plans did not work out. The pandemic pushed the tournaments out of the country and the governing bodies had to settle with the middle-east as the new venue for both competitions.
With that being said, the second phase of the IPL will be held in the UAE. On the other hand, the T20 World Cup will be held in the UAE and Oman both. This could help the Indian players, as they will already get some practice playing in these conditions prior to this upcoming international tournament.
After the loss in the World Test Championship Final, the team will be out to avenge that loss. They will want to challenge for the T20 World Cup, a tournament that the BCCI will still be hosting. It will not be easy for the Indian side to dominate the tournament, with the quality of opponents also taking part. Despite that, players like Shreyas Iyer and T Natarajan can surely help them do that.