9 days before the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) first match in IPL 2021 against last year’s runners-up Delhi Capital on April 10, they received a major setback as Josh Hazelwood as Australia decided to pull out of the Indian Premier League on Thursday. To.
“It’s been a long time of 10 months in bubbles and quarantine at different times,” Hazelwood told Cricket.com, so I decided to relax with cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia.
Hazelwood, who were taken over by CSK ahead of last year’s IPL, played three matches in the UAE last year under MS Dhoni.
He said, we have got a big cold ahead too. The West Indies are going to undertake a long tour, Bangladesh (T20 tour) will potentially be thrown at the end of the same.
Then potentially leading into the T20 World Cup Ashes, so it’s a big 12 months, as it’s always with Australia, and I want to give myself the best chance to mentally and physically prepare for it. I have made this decision. Hazelwood said, and it sits very well with me.
Like most top cricketers, Hazelwood has long been in a bio-bubble – to be precise since July last year – since international cricket resumed after a hiatus due to the global Kovid-19 pandemic.
Hazelwood is the third Australian cricketer after Joseph Phillip (RCB) and Mitchell Marsh (SRH) to make their IPL 2021 debut from 9 April.
CSK will have a chance to name a replacement for Hazelwood at some point in the tournament. The pressure on the likes of Sam Curran and Dwayne Bravo will now increase as CSK CEO has already confirmed Lungi Ngidi’s unavailability for at least his first match against DC.
CSK’s loss is NSW’s advantage, with Hazelwood now available for the back end of the home season.
Hazelwood said, I have not been able to bowl very well until after this game with plans to play T20 cricket and the weather also ruined my chance – I was probably out of five seasons.
The workload is slightly lower, with (both) Wollongong and Shield finals to play if we make it – hopefully I can use the next two weeks to build and I can play it if we’re in the Shield finals.