The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to kick-start the much-awaited 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) from April 9 in Chennai.
However, the IPL franchises have been dealt with a massive blow as a handful of their main players are unlikely to be unavailable for selection for their first game in IPL 2021.
While some players have contracted the novel coronavirus and are under self-isolation, many overseas stars are completing their mandatory seven-day quarantine period before they will be allowed to join their respective IPL training and practice camps.
The inaugural match of the T20 Championship will be played between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The Challengers will be missing the services of Adam Zampa and Finn Allen in their first game as Zampa has taken some time off for his wedding while Allen arrived in India after participating in the T20I series against Bangladesh, which concluded on April 1
Speaking about Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals, the two teams will be missing their South African pacers as they arrived in India late after participating in the second ODI between South Africa and Pakistan and are yet to complete their mandatory quarantine period. DC has two Proteas pacers including Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje in their squad while Lungi Ngidi will be plying his trade for the Super Kings.
Rajasthan Royals have suffered the biggest blow as their ace speedster Jofra Archer has been ruled out of the first half of the IPL 2021 owing to his elbow injury and the surgery he underwent on his finger in March.
Here’s team-wise list of players who might miss first few games:
Mumbai Indians – Adam Milne, Quinton de Kock
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Finn Allen, Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams
Chennai Super Kings – Lungi Ngidi
Delhi Capitals – Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Rajasthan Royals – Jofra Archer