With three current series going on, several players might not able to play for their franchises which will make an incredible effect the performance of the IPL teams. Most of the English players, who are in Bangladesh to play 3 ODI’s and 2 tests, will return by 24th March. With Australians locked in battle against New Zealand, the players of both the teams are expected to turn up by 6th April. And West Indies involved in a 5 ODI series with Zimbabwe, the Caribbean stars will join their corresponding teams by March 16th. Every team is going to miss their star players for the most of the Indian Premier League.
Chennai Super Kings:
Chennai Super Kings will miss the services of “Mr. Cricket”, Michael Hussey as he is involved in Hadley-Chappel series and he may get involved in Trans Tasman trophy being held in New Zealand. They will also miss all-rounder Jacob Oram who got injured in first ODI between New Zealand and Australia. They will be searching for a replacement for this experienced all-rounder.
This team will miss “Bullet from Barbados” Kemar Roach and all-rounder Dwayne Smith for its first three matches. These two players will join the team by March 19th. And they are also going to miss their key bowler Ryan Harris as he is in New Zealand tour.
This team will be missing the English all-rounder Paul Collingwood since he got selected for the test squad against Bangladesh and he will join the Daredevils by March 29th. This franchise is not going to miss any of its Australian players as they are not selected for National team which is currently in New Zealand.
Kings Xl Punjab:
Fiery bowler Brett Lee will be available for Kings Punjab team selections from March 16th. This team should feel lucky as the Australian bowler has just retired from test cricket, otherwise they would have missed him for 20 more days. All-rounder James Hopes will be with his national team in New Zealand and return by March 16th.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
There are three ongoing tours at the start of the IPL the Knight Riders will once more be the worst hit from among all IPL teams. Australians are in a series against New Zealand, and two of their biggest stars are Kiwis. The feisty New Zealand paceman will join kkr team by March 16th as he retired from test cricket. Brendon McCullum, the diminutive yet devastating Black Caps’ wicket keeper, who took the IPL by storm in the opening game of the inaugural season with a blitzkrieg innings of 158*, might have to wait till at least the end of this month (may be available for the Delhi game on March 29th) to get the taste of IPL 3.
West Indian captain and posterboy of Twenty20, Chris Gayle, hasn’t had a great time in the IPL thus far and he would be hoping for a much improved performance when he joins the KKR squad after Zimbabwe’s ODI series in the Caribbean that concludes on March 14th.
The team led by Master blaster will miss the valuable services of all-rounders Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo for the first three matches. Kieron Pollard, who was bought in a silent tie-breaker by the Mumbai Indians and Dwayne Bravo are currently playing for their nation against Zimbabwe.
Speed star Shaun Tait will join the team by April 6th if he makes it into the test squad.
Royal challengers Bangalore:
They will be missing 3 important foreign players for half of the season. With Kevin Peitersen serving for his national team which is playing a test match against Bangladesh, he will be not available till March 29th. Ross Taylor, who became the echo of Bangalore people, will probably play in the test series against Oz and Cameron White might play for Oz in the same series. These two aggressive batsmen will meet the team by April 6th if they were selected into their national teams.
*With the test squads of Australia and New Zealand yet to be announced, any IPL player playing in test series between Australia and New Zealand will join their corresponding teams by April 6th. The players who return after the ODI’s will join their corresponding teams by March 16th.
By: Ganta Rakesh