Australian players free to play IPL after Afghanistan series postponed

Both boards agree logistics for series in India too difficult. (Source: Getty Images)

SYDNEY: Australia’s scheduled one-day international (ODI) series against Afghanistan in India has been postponed, the cricket boards announced on Sunday, allowing players to fulfill their Indian Premier League commitments.

The ODI series was supposed to take place ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup but that tournament has now been moved to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) because of the prevalence of COVID-19 in India.

“The Afghanistan Cricket Board and Cricket Australia agreed to postpone the tour given the complexities of travel, quarantine periods and a finding a suitable location for the matches given the relocation of the T20 World Cup to the UAE,” the boards said in a statement.

“With the World Cup relocated from India to the UAE, the ACB will continue to explore the possibility of hosting a proposed T20 tri-series involving Australia and the West Indies,” the statement added.

Despite the proximity of the tournament to the T20 World Cup, Cricket Australia said it would grant permission for their players to take part and fulfil their lucrative contracts.

“No objection certificates will be granted to Australian players wishing to take part in the remaining upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) matches to be played in the UAE,” CA said.

The IPL was suspended indefinitely in May after several players and backroom staff tested positive for Covid-19. The remaining matches will now be played in the UAE from 19 September to 15 October.

While Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has already said he will miss the conclusion of the IPL due to the impending birth of his first child, other top players such as David Warner and Steve Smith are now free to participate.

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