Two of the Australian cricket team’s star allrounders Glenn Maxwell and Mithcell Marsh have withdrawn from the upcoming The Hundred in order to manage their workload before the ODI World Cup 2023 which is set to begin on October 5 in India. Australia are currently in action in the ongoing Ashes 2023 series in England.
Maxwell and Marsh were to play for the London Spirits as they had contracts of INR 1.30 crores in place. However, the swashbuckling duo have to sacrifice it as Cricket Australia want them fit and fresh for the 50-over World Cup as it would be the major priority for them after becoming the World Test Champion in the WTC 2023.
“In discussions with both players, it was agreed that with a long campaign ahead, including two World Cups, it’s in their best interests to be physically refreshed and at their best for the one-day World Cup and beyond. Both are also coming from recent injuries,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Wanindu Hasaranga also likely to withdraw from The Hundred
The presence of these 2 allrounders will be very crucial for the Australian team as both players have the ability to turn the game with both bat and ball. Whether it’s T20 or ODI format, both have the ability to smash big hits and also provide much-needed breakthroughs whenever it is required by the team.
Another star allrounder, who is from Sri Lanka, Wanindu Hasaranga is also expected to withdraw his name from the league as he will be busy playing in his own home league ‘Lanka Premier League (LPL)’. Hasaranga is currently doing wonders in the ongoing ODI World Cup qualifiers 2023 where he has already taken 20 wickets.
The leggie was also one of the key players for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, however, he managed to pick up only 9 wickets in the 8 matches he played in the cash-rich league.