Cricket Australia said Monday that discussions are yet to begin on whether Australian cricketers will compete in IPL when the T20 league starts again in the UAE in September.
Nick Hockley, who was confirmed as CA’s chief executive on Monday after serving as acting director, said an IPL decision could wait as Australian players had just reunited with their families after completing a two-week hotel quarantine.
Nearly 40 Australians, including players, coaches, officials and commentators, were part of the IPL gang before the league was suspended on May 4 after COVID-19 burst its biological bubble.
“Once we get back together as a group, which (IPL) is something we will obviously have to discuss,” Hockley was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“Our players returning from IPL have only been quarantined today, so our first priority is to make sure they are reunited with their families. We have a tour to prepare for in the West Indies,” he added. .
Hockley said the players will regroup at the National Cricket Center (in Brisbane) a few weeks before the tour in the West Indies and this will be the time to focus again.
“They are obviously quite shaken by the experience and are very grateful to be back home, looking forward to reuniting with family and friends today.”
The IPL will resume in the UAE in mid-September, when Australia has no international commitments.
However, concerns have been expressed that spending time in bio-bubbles one after the other could affect players’ mental health.
Currently, the T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in India, and if the tournament is also moved to the UAE as an IPL, the chances of Australian players competing in the league will be higher, as then they will not have to move to a separate bio-bubble. in India.
Australia is due to travel to the West Indies in July and then directly to Bangladesh for a bilateral tour.