IPL 2018: Players who may miss the 11th season of cash-rich league
Lucknow: Indian Premier League (IPL) has already completed a decade in the business and has emerged as the most successful domestic Twenty20 Cricket tournament across the world. The eleventh edition, scheduled to begin on April 7, is also expected to be a razzmatazz event with the biggest superstars of the sport coming together to mesmerise their fans.
The tournament, however, is likely to miss a few of the rising as well as established superstars this season due to various reasons. Here we have prepared a list of five cricketers who might miss the entire or a part of the eleventh edition of IPL.
- Mohammed Shami
Retained by – Delhi Daredevils (DD) for Rs 3 crore via Right to Match (RTM) card
Shami has been an important part of team India in the international stretch. He also performed well on South Africa trip and was most likely to be a permanent cog in the DD playing XI throughout the IPL season.
He, however, is now unlikely to play the tournament after his wife Hasin Jahan accused him of attempting to murder her and physically assaulting her. She has even blamed him of having sexual relationships with other women and even match-fixing. After the matter came to light, even Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) removed him from central contract list.
DD owner GMR Group has claimed that he will remain doubtful until the BCCI Anti Corruption Unit submits its probe report and the bowler comes out clean.
- Jofra Archer
Bought by – Rajasthan Royals (RR) for Rs 7.2 crore
The West Indies cricketer shot to fame in the cricketing world with his Big Bash League (BBL) sting with Hobart Hurricanes. He also played two matches for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), but was ruled out of the remainder of the series following a side strain.
The injury has also concerned RR as he may miss the entire IPL season as well. No official statement about his availability or fitness as has been issued by the franchise as of now.
- Sunil Narine
Retained by – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 8.5 crore
The West Indies off-spinner has not only been a mystery with the ball but has evolved as a highly intimidating batsman over the years in T20 format. He, however, is doubtful for the upcoming IPL 2018 as he has been warned by International Cricket Council (ICC) for illegal bowling action.
While representing Lahore Qalandars in PSL, he was reported for a suspected bowling action during the match against Quetta Gladiators at Sharjah. He has been warned that if his bowling action is reported again in PSL, he might face suspension.
Even if his considers remodeling his bowling action, he will have to be away from competitive Cricket for a long time which is most likely to affect the aspirations of KKR in the IPL 2018 as the franchise has only bought 19 players in the auction.
- Chris Lynn
Bought by – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 9.6 crore
The flamboyant opener played some blistering innings in the last IPL season for KKR and won many matches in association with former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir.
He, however, had missed many matches during the initial phase of the tournament owing to a shoulder injury.
The same injury is likely to haunt KKR this season as well, as the Aussie cricketer had dislocated his right shoulder while playing the T20I decider against New Zealand. He had to leave the ground following the injury.
The injury kept him out of the entire PSL and is also likely to miss the IPL 2018. There, however, are some hopes that he gets fit before the tournament starts but if he doesn’t, KKR may find itself in serious trouble.
- Ravindra Jadeja
Retained by - Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for Rs 7 crore
Returning to the cash-rich league after completing a two-year suspension, CSK retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja – their most valuable and trustworthy assets over the years.
But unfortunately, Jadeja is likely to miss the initial phase of the tournament as he also has suffered a side strain and is still not confirm to participate in the tournament.
The tournament will begin with a much anticipated match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders on April 7. So, get ready for some intense cricketing battles set to begin soon!