Australia’s Glenn Maxwell has informed that he will miss the Pakistan tour, and also maybe the start of the IPL, due to his upcoming wedding. His national teammates, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa, ponder maybe they damaged their reputations with IPL owners after leaving the tournament early last year.
Maxwell, who is a possible candidate to captain Royal Challengers Bangalore this season, had informed publicly after the T20 World Cup in November last year that he won’t be available for Pakistan tour due to his wedding in late March.
But since the IPL season will start earlier than usual, it means David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Pat Cummins, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Hazlewood, Matthew Wade and Daniel Sams are all likely to be unavailable due to Australia services in Pakistan, with the final T20I scheduled on April 5.
Maxwell on being unavailable for Pakistan tour
“Originally when I organised the dates with CA there was a two-week gap where I could potentially have it,” Maxwell said. “So when I sorted that out I was pretty happy that I wasn’t going to be missing in any series. And then I came to the [CA] contract meeting midway through last year and they said well this is [when] the Pakistan series [is on] and I thought well obviously that’s changed since the last conversation we had.”
His national teammate, Richardson, who was Player of the Match in Canberra after bagging 3 for 21, voiced his thoughts on being unsold at IPL auction.
Kane Richardson on being unsold at the IPL auction
“I was definitely more shocked for him,” Richardson said. “To be brutally honest, when we left last year, in the circumstances early, I remember having a conversation with him. I said to him, look, this may come back and bite us, and at that time it wasn’t a priority for us to be there. We wanted to get back to Australia.
“I’m just speaking on what I think would be a factor in it,” Richardson said. “I don’t know. I’ve never had a dialogue with a franchise or a person that says that’s what would be the case. But I think I didn’t go the year before as well with the birth of my boy.
“So my reputation probably is that in the last couple of years I haven’t gone so it’s obviously not something that I am. I try and play as much cricket as I can. But I think the circumstances in the last couple of IPLs have made me not go. But it’s not a reputation I want.”