IPL 2021: Big Blow to MS Dhoni-Led CSK as Josh Hazlewood Withdraws From Season

IPL 2021: Big Blow to MS Dhoni-Led CSK as Josh Hazlewood Withdraws From Season

New Delhi: Josh Hazlewood has opted out of IPL 2021 to take relaxation from cricket and spend time together with his household for the subsequent two months. The Australian pacer was to characterize three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings on the upcoming season which is ready to get underway from April 9.

Hazelwood has been a part of numerous bio-bubbles since July final 12 months when Australia toured England for white-ball matches earlier than he flew to UAE to hyperlink up together with his franchise CSK for IPL 2020. After that, he flew residence however solely to enter one other bubble and this time for the house collection towards India which ended mid of January this 12 months.

“It’s been a long 10 months in bubbles and quarantine at different times, so I decided to have a rest from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia in the next two months,” Hazlewood informed cricket.com.au on Wednesday.

Hazlewood, alongside together with his different Australian teammates, was scheduled to fly to India for IPL 2021 however has as a substitute determined to maintain himself recent for the massive worldwide schedule that awaits Australia. “We’ve got a big winter ahead too. The West Indies is going to be a long tour, with Bangladesh (T20 tour) potentially thrown on the end of that,” he stated.

“Then potentially the T20 World Cup leading into the Ashes, so it’s a big 12 months, as it always is with Australia, and I want to give myself the best chance to be mentally and physically ready for that. That’s the decision I’ve made, and it sits pretty well with me,” he added.

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Hazlewood is the third Australian participant after Joshua Phillipe (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Mitchell Marsh (Sunrisers Hyderabad) to have withdrawn from IPL this season.

IPL was held in UAE final 12 months because of the then coronavirus scenario in India. In the season opener this time round, defending champions Mumbai Indians will lock horns with RCB in Chennai.

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