Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will play without Josh Hazlewood this season as the Australian pacer has decided to pull off from IPL 2021 to spend time with his family. He has a very busy season ahead and he wants to spend the coming winter months with his family.
What excuses did Josh Hazlewood give for missing IPL 2021?
He said that it had been a long 10 months into bubbles and quarantine at different times, so he decided to take a rest from cricket and spent some time at home for the next two months. Cricket.com.au quoted Hazlewood as saying that he wanted time to prepare for the upcoming tournaments. Australia will play with the West Indies and Bangladesh T20 tour at the end of the winter season in Australia.
MS Dhoni led CSK has won IPL title in 2010, 2011, and 2018, but it finished seventh in the 2020 season. This year, CSK was quite hopeful of winning the title this year as it has all the top bowlers including Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Lungi Ngidi, Dwayne Bravo, and Josh Hazlewood. But Hazlewood has withdrawn from the IPL 2021.
Other players that pulled out of IPL 2021
Sunrisers Hyderabad announced that it is replacing Mitchell Marsh with Jason Ray as the all-rounder has pulled out of IPL 2021
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) also has to find a replacement for batsman Joshua Philippe that decided to pull out of the season citing personal reasons.