The upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is set to take place from October 23 onwards in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Some teams are currently playing warm-up matches while the others are sweating hard in the qualifiers to book a berth at the Super 12 stage.
Meanwhile, all the sides have announced their full-fledged 15-member squads alongside the reserve players for the much-awaited ICC tournament. However, there are still a few players who might count themselves unlucky to miss out on their respective team buses. Here are the top five players who won’t be seen in action in the 2021 T20 WC:
Yuzvendra Chahal (India)
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal turned out to be a shocking commission from India’s squad for the 2021 World T20. He wasn’t picked in the side despite outstanding spells in the second phase of IPL 2021 in the UAE. Youngster Rahul Chahar was given an edge over Yuzi, owing to the former’s quicker pace.
Faf du Plessis (South Africa)
Former South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was also missed out on his side’s 15-member line-up. The 37-year-old was in a scintillating batting form for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2021 as he emerged as the second-highest leading run-getter in the tournament.
Sunil Narine (West Indies)
One of the most successful spin-bowlers in the history of the shortest format, Sunil Narine was not picked for the West Indies. The Trinidadian played a vital role in the revival of his IPL franchise – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the recently-concluded edition of the tournament.
Ben Stokes (England)
Ace all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is on an indefinite break from professional cricket, won’t participate in the T20 World Cup as well. The Englishman decided to take a short break from the game to take care of his mental well-being. He hasn’t played any game since July earlier this year.
Colin Munro (New Zealand)
Kiwi cricketer Colin Munro is also one of the unlucky players who won’t play in the upcoming edition of the 20-over WC. The southpaw was quite disappointed with his non-selection as he didn’t shy away from expressing his feelings on social media. “Extremely gutted to miss out on this, was definitely a goal of mine that I wanted to tick off. Looks like I may have played my last game for Black Caps, not by choice,” Munro wrote when NZ’s WC team announcement.