The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to debut the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in India after hosting the previous season in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The tournament will run from 9 April to 30 May in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. This time the league will be slightly different as all the matches will be played at neutral venues, in which no team will play at their home ground to take home advantage. All eight franchises have started their preparations. However, some teams have suffered major setbacks as their main players have been ruled out of the tournament. Some players will not play due to personal reasons due to injury.
1. Josh Philip (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe will not play in IPL 2021. Australian youngster Josh Phillip has been ruled out for the entire season (IPL 2021) citing personal reasons. Philip, who made his IPL debut in the 2020 edition for RCB, was successful in scoring 78 runs in 5 matches. At the same time, New Zealand’s uncapped player Finn Allen has been included in the team in place of Philip. New Zealand’s Fin Allen has made his Bangladesh T-20 debut. The Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman has played just 13 T20s, scoring 537 runs at an average of 48.8 and a strike rate of 183.3.
2. Dale Steyn (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Second, in the IPL 2021 exit is South African fast bowler Dale Steyn. Dale Steyn will also not appear in the IPL this time. Stan has played for the IPL teams of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Gujarat Lions. The 37-year-old fast bowler played for RCB last season. He got only one wicket in three matches, due to which he opted out of IPL this time.
3. Jofra Archer (Rajasthan Royals)
Rajasthan Royals’ fast bowler Jofra Archer can be out of IPL 2021. Joffra Archer can miss the opening match of the IPL due to an elbow injury and if it happens, it will be a big blow for the Rajasthan team. England fast bowler Jofra Archer will have to undergo surgery on his right hand. After the scan, doctors have advised Archer to undergo surgery. Now Archer will undergo surgery on Monday (March 29).
4. Shreyas Iyer (Delhi Capitals)
Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the 14th season of the IPL. He suffered a serious injury during the first ODI between India and England played in Pune on Tuesday 23 March. Shreyas Iyer will now have to undergo surgery. Sources in the Cricket Board of India said that Iyer will have to undergo left shoulder surgery due to which he will be away from cricket for at least four months.