Cricket Australia (CA) has given the No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to its players who are contracted to play the Indian T20 League. Players such as David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Ellis, Jason Behrendorff, and Sean Abbott have been contracted by different teams. However, these players won’t be available till April 6 as the national team will tour Pakistan for the multi-format series.
Warner will play for Delhi this year while Maxwell was retained by Bangalore last year. Apart from them, Stoinis, Marsh, Ellis, and Abbott will play for Lucknow, Delhi, Punjab, and Hyderabad respectively. Behrendorff and Hazlewood are signed by Bangalore. Also, the domestic players, who will participate in the Sheffield Shield final from March 31 won’t be available before April as they are asked to play for their state teams.
This comes as a no-surprise as the national selector has already made it clear that the CA wants its players to fulfill their national duties and domestic duties before playing the cash-rich league. Meanwhile, a source related to the board has said the players will be available to play the league after the conclusion of Pakistan tour.
“Yes, we have granted NoCs to our players to be available for their franchises from April 6 in the IPL. The players can be available only after the Pakistan tour concludes,” the sourced was quoted as saying by mykhel.com.
On the other hand, the board has decided to rest players such as pacers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and opening batter David Warner for the limited-overs leg of the Pakistan tour. Players such as Sean Abbott, Jason Benrendorff, and Nathan Ellis will replace the pacers while Travis Head has made his comeback for the ODI team after 2018.