Chennai Super Kings speedster Josh Hazlewood has opted out of the Indian Premier League.
Just prior to the start of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), three-time IPL title winner Chennai Super Kings have received a massive blow as their in-form bowler Josh Hazlewood has pulled out of the league.
Meanwhile, the Australian bowler has decided to fix his focus for the upcoming Ashes series and also the upcoming T20 World Cup which will take place later this year in India, and also wanted to spend time with his family as well.
“It’s been a long 10 months in bubbles and quarantine at different times, so I decided to have a rest from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia in the next two months,” Josh Hazlewood said to cricket.com.au. “We’ve got a big winter ahead too. The West Indies is going to be a long tour, with Bangladesh (T20 tour) potentially thrown on the end of that.”
“Then potentially the T20 World Cup leading into the Ashes, so it’s a big 12 months, as it always is with Australia, and I want to give myself the best chance to be mentally and physically ready for that. That’s the decision I’ve made, and it sits pretty well with me,” Hazlewood again shared.
“I decided to have a rest from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia in the next two months” – Josh Hazlewood
It is also noteworthy that, Josh Hazlewood is the third Australian player after Josh Philippe and Mitchell Marsh to pull-out of the tournament. Also, this might be a chance for him to get back in form for the domestic competitions as well.
“I haven’t been bowling a great deal with plans to play T20 cricket until after this game and also the weather wrecked my chances – I probably missed five sessions outdoors,” Josh Hazlewood said. “The workloads are a bit too low … to play (both) Wollongong and the Shield final if we make it – hopefully I can use the next two weeks to build up and if we’re in the Shield final I can play that.”
Chennai Super Kings had a rather forgettable season in last year’s IPL where they ended at the seventh position and missed the playoff berth too, which happened for the very firt time in the history of the league. However, they will try to bounce back this season.