With England winning the 20-20 World Cup 2022 against Pakistan in the finals on November 13, Sunday, they are all set to take on Australia in a three-match ODI series set to get underway on Thursday. The tight schedule makes things tough for the players to rather hope for a break in between to get their mindset right before they head on to the next clash.
Pat Cummins, the skipper of the Australian ODI and the Test team, opted out of the Indian T20 League 2023 to concentrate on national duties and revealed the same on his social media accounts. Saying that it was a difficult decision to make, Cummins said that the tight schedule, the approaching Ashes series and the World Cup forced him to take the tough stand.
“I’ve made the difficult decision to miss next years Indian T20 League. 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,” Cummins said in his Tweet.
I’ve made the difficult decision to miss next years 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. pic.twitter.com/Iu0dF73zOW
— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) November 14, 2022
Thank you Kolkata team: Pat Cummins
The lead pacer further thanked the Kolkata franchise for understanding his situation and allowing him to opt out of the league. Lauding the team for its tenacity, Cummins hoped to don the purple jersey at the earliest.
“Thanks so much to the Kolkata team for their understanding. Such a terrific team of players and staff and I hope I can get back there ASAP,” Cummins wrote further. The Kangaroos would look to make a strong comeback after bowing out of the multinational tournament in the group stage.
The pacer would look to lead his team to victory in the series against the Three Lions and would look to start their preparations for the 50-over World Cup set to take place in India in 2023. Following the first ODI on Thursday, the second and third ODI will take place on November 19 and 22 in Sydney and Melbourne respectively, while Adelaide Oval will host the first ODI.