- Aakash Chopra joins IPL replacements
- Leading players will not be able to play in the UAE second quarter
- Windies players will move to IPL after CPL
New Delhi: Franchises are preparing for the second quarter of the IPL in the UAE. The competition will begin on October 19 at various venues. Matches were shifted from India to the United Arab Emirates following the worsening of Kovid 19. There are 31 more matches to play. However, many foreign players will not be able to play in the second quarter of the tournament.
The Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings will also be affected by the lack of foreign players. Former Indian cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra has suggested better replacements for players leaving the UAE edition. Chopra points out that players like Lang’s Merchant, Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas can play in the IPL.
West Indies star Fidel Edwards has been a brilliant player in T20 recently. Chopra said the player’s services will be available after the Caribbean Premier League. Players like New Zealand’s Mitchell McLean are also waiting for the opportunity. Chopra also said that he has done well for the Mumbai Indians in the past.
Pacers Pat Cummins, Riley Meredith, J Richardson and Joffre Archer have been ruled out of the United Arab Emirates. Chopra has named Isaru Udana and Thisara Perera from Sri Lanka as an all-rounder. Akash Chopra said the hitters could be replaced by Marnus Labushen, Alex Hales, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis.