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Cricket Australia clears leading Aussies for IPL return ahead of T20 WC

Sunday, 15 August 2021 (15:49 IST)
Melbourne: Cricket Australia has cleared the way for the country's leading players to return to the rescheduled Indian Premier League in the UAE in September and October before the T20 World Cup.

CA has issued No Objection Certificates for the players to return to the IPL next month while a planned T20 tri-series with Afghanistan and West Indies may be repurposed as World Cup warm-ups, according to a report in cricket.com.au.

This year's IPL was halted in May after a catastrophic outbreak of COVID-19 in India, and about 40 Australian players, coaches, broadcasters and support staff had to spend time in the Maldives while international borders were shut, before eventually returning via a charter flight provided by the BCCI.

The IPL has since been rescheduled to complete the remaining 36 games in 27 days between September 19 and October 15 in the UAE, finishing just two days before the T20 World Cup begins, which has also been relocated to the region from India.

CA's clearance came after the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed the postponement of a three-match ODI series between the two nations originally planned to be held in India in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup.

A mooted T20 tri-series also involving the West Indies was due to form an important part of the World Cup preparations for all three squads, and Afghanistan authorities are continuing efforts to secure a venue to host it. (UNI)

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