Melbourne Ricky Ponting, a legendary Australian batsman, has supported Australian players in the rescheduled Indian Premier League. It will be excellent preparation for the T20 World Cup in October.
The IPL will squeeze the remaining 76 games between September 19 and October 15, while T20 World Cup will take place just after that, from October 17 to November 14. Both tournaments will take place in the UAE.
Ponting said to Australia Test captain Tim Paine, “Those guys who haven’t been playing for three or four-month months now need to get back in the groove of playing high-quality cricket against the top players in the world.” This was according to cricket.com.au.
Ponting, heading to Dubai to coach the IPL side Delhi Capitals, said, “No doubt it’s their best preparation, being in those exact conditions.
Pat Cummins, a fast bowler, skipped the West Indies and Bangladesh tours to be with his wife. He is unlikely to return to IPL with his first child due to the rescheduled tournament.
Cummins stated in a YouTube vlog that “for the second half of the season, it’s going be tough to get over there.”
“We’ll watch how it turns out, but at this stage, it might prove too difficult, but with the World Cup right after it, I’m hoping that it will be easy for me to get there.”
Aaron Finch, Australia’s captain, had surgery to fix cartilage damage in his right knee from the West Indies. The surgery was successful, but he will need to rest for ten weeks before returning to play in Australia’s Super 12 stage match.
Finch previously stated that he thought it would be difficult to justify a return to IPL for players who skipped winter tours due to fatigue and the toll of bio-secure bubbles and hotel quarantines.
Riley Meredith and Dan Christian, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, and Adam Zampa were all part of the tour that visited the Caribbean and Bangladesh. All hold IPL deals.
Marsh and Philippe had decided to skip the first stage IPL tournament, which was held in India.
The other Australians with IPL contracts are Nathan Coulter–Nile, Chris Lynn, and Ben Cutting. None of these are in Australia’s plans nor hold state contracts.
Australia’s T20 team, which didn’t have many first-choice cricketers, suffered 1-4 series losses against West Indies, Bangladesh, and Ponting stated that the results highlighted the current lack of depth within Australian cricket.
The Australian team suffered their lowest ever T20I score of 62 against Bangladesh in Dhaka just a few days back.
“… Whether it was lack of confidence, a lack in skill, or a loss of awareness of the conditions. We were again unable to perform in these conditions because of our lack of skill and knowledge.
“It’s been the Achilles heel of Australian cricket for as long I can recall. This shows that the depth of Australian cricket is not there right now.
Ponting stated that “The T20 World Cup (but) with everyone in the UAE fit and healthy, I still believe the Australian team can push difficult to win that title that’s been elusive,” Ponting added.