Top End tour plans add to club’s headache against country


CA is not allowing any players required for these games to travel to India until April 6, one day after the final match, while those involved in the Sheffield Shield final can leave on April 4.

“We see the IPL as a very good development opportunity when it suits, but obviously there is a huge amount of cricket with a series [in Sri Lanka] scheduled to release the IPL immediately as well,” Selection Chairman George Bailey said this week.

“So it’s going to be about working with individuals to make sure they get the preparation they need, but we certainly won’t be releasing players at the IPL while Australia are playing.”

There are 47 Australian players who will go under the hammer at the IPL mega auction in Bengaluru this weekend. With two new franchises and an additional $940,000 in each team’s purse, the two-day extravaganza is shaping up to be a boon for the world’s best whiteball players.

Glenn Maxwell is the only Australian player to be retained by his franchise, kept by the glamorous but underachieving Bangalore Royal Challengers for $2million. He was granted leave from the Pakistan tour for his wedding, which was repeatedly postponed due to COVID.

Versatile Mitchell Marsh is another Australian likely to attract interest from many sides after hot form for club and country last year.

Ricky Ponting (Delhi Capitals) and Tom Moody (Sunrisers Hyderabad) are the only two Australian head coaches this year, with Simon Katich and Trevor Bayliss both leaving their posts.

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