Pat Cummins was one of the most expensive IPL signings in the 2020 IPL auction when the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) shelled out 15.50 crore for his services.
The Australian race leader has bagged just 12 wickets in 14 games during this IPL season. He has also scored half a century in the tournament and totaled 146 points in 14 games.
Cummins missed the second stop of the 2021 IPL season after choosing not to return during the pandemic and stayed in his hometown for the birth of his first child.
Now Australian test captain Pat Cummins could be another big name at the 2022 IPL auction. However, after missing the second half of the season this year, the 28-year-old might also not participate. at the tournament next year. Here are three reasons why:
# 1 Captain title means Cummins could focus more on trial cricket
Prior to the Ashes, Pat Cummins was announced as Tim Paine’s successor to become Australia’s test captain. The pitcher ace scored a fife in the opening innings of his debut as captain and began his reign with a complete victory over England.
Now that he’s the national captain in the game’s longest format, Cummins could choose to focus more on tryout cricket and ditch the shorter format and franchise leagues around the world.
# 2 Workload management
Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board have been very vocal about handling the workload of their players since the pandemic struck.
With Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood being mainstays of Australia’s bowling squad in all three formats, the team have seen plenty of bilateral playoff rotations in recent times.
While Hazlewood was the only one of the three to play in the IPL last season, managing the workload could discourage Cummins from playing all season if he decides to compete in the 2022 IPL Auction.
# 3 Mental fatigue in the IPL bio-bubble
With the new COVID-19 variant spreading at a rapid rate, there could be a lot of uncertainty as to where and when the IPL could be played. Due to strict restrictions on bio-bubbles in Australia, players who made the first leg of the IPL 2021 season were forced to stay in an extended bubble in the Maldives before returning home.
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If IPL 2022 goes ahead with the bio-bubble restrictions in place, many overseas players could pull out of the next IPL season due to mental fatigue.