Australia’s chief selector, Trevor Hohns warns the players that they might miss the berth for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Australian team announced a 15-man squad for their limited-overs tours to West Indies and Bangladesh ahead of the T20 World Cup. However, the likes of David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Marcus Stoinins, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, and Daniel Sams have withdrawn from the tour to participate in the rescheduled IPL 2021.
The unavailability of these players may be a big cause of worry for Australian selectors, given the forthcoming limited-overs matches are crucial in terms of their World T20 preparations. Trevor Hohns recently expressed his thoughts on the current happenings and is unhappy with the decision of the players.
Hohns expressed his disappointment with players who have withdrawn from forthcoming tours and warns the seven players that their unavailability allows newer players to make an impression and solidify their spots in the squad on a regular basis, which might impact their selection for the T20 World Cup.
Australian duties should be prioritized above IPL 2021: Trevor Hohns
The Australian team is also expected to feature in a tri-series consisting of Afghanistan and the West Indies before the T20 World Cup. Hohns stated that he expects the players to available for the tri-series as it will play a crucial role in the squad selection for the mega event.
He also added that players should prioritize national duties above IPL 2021 commitments. “Around that time of the year, I would certainly hope so (those players forego the IPL for national representation). However, it will certainly depend on their commitments and what we think they should be committing to regarding their Australian commitments at that time. We haven’t looked at that yet and we haven’t heard from our players at this stage,” said Trevor Hohns.
Australian squad for tours to West Indies and Bangladesh
Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (WK), Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe (WK), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade (WK), Adam Zampa
Reserves: Nathan Ellils and Tanveer Sangha