Cummins-Hales opt out to IPL 2023
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Pat Cummins, Australia's men's Test and ODI captain, will not play in next year's Indian Premier League season, citing a busy international schedule in 2023.
Cummins stated that due to Australia's "packed" 2023 calendar, which includes a Test tour to India, an away Ashes series, and an ODI World Cup in India, he was unable to commit to the Kolkata Knight Riders, where he has played five of his six IPL seasons.
The 29-year-old announced on Tuesday morning via Twitter that he would not play the tournament that typically takes place throughout April and May each year.
“I’ve made the difficult decision to miss next year’s IPL. The international schedule is packed with Tests and ODI’s for the next 12 months, so will take some rest ahead of an Ashes series and World Cup,” he said.
“Thanks so much to @KKRiders for their understanding. Such a terrific team of players and staff and I hope I can get back there ASAP.”
Cummins has played the last three IPL seasons with Kolkata, and last year notably smashed a 14-ball half-century against Mumbai Indians in Pune, the equal-fastest fifty ever in the competition alongside India’s KL Rahul.
However, England batter Alex Hales and wicket-keeper batter Sam Billings have also released by the franchise due to same reason.