Afghan ODI series shelved, Aussies free for IPL

    David Warner and Steve Smith of Australia during the nets. Archive photo: Reuters

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    David Warner and Steve Smith of Australia during the nets. Archive photo: Reuters

    Australia’s scheduled one-day international series against Afghanistan in India has been postponed, rival cricket boards announced on Sunday, leaving players free to fulfill their Indian Premier League (IPL) commitments.

    The three one-day events were scheduled to take place before the Twenty20 World Cup, but the tournament has now been moved to the United Arab Emirates due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in India.

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    The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and Cricket Australia have agreed to postpone the tour due to the complexity of travel, quarantine periods and finding a suitable venue for the games given the transfer of the T20 World Cup to the UAE, the boards said. a statement.

    “With the transfer of the World Cup from India to the UAE, ACB will continue to explore the possibility of hosting a proposed T20 series that includes Australia and the West Indies.”

    The IPL is suspended indefinitely in May, after several players and staff in the room tested positive for COVID-19. The remaining matches will now take place in the UAE from 19 September to 15 October.

    Despite the proximity of the tournament to the T20 World Cup, Cricket Australia said it would allow their players to take part and fulfill their lucrative contracts.

    “Certificates of objection will not be issued to Australian players wishing to participate in the remaining matches of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) to be held in the UAE,” Cricket Australia said.

    While Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins has already said he will miss the end of the IPL due to the impending birth of his first child, other top players such as David Warner and Steve Smith are now free to join.

    The Twenty20 World Cup will take place in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.

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