5 Australian Players to skip T20 WC warmup games for IPL PLayoffs

IPL Playoffs

Top Australian cricketers who are currently participating in the IPL playoffs will not be part of the warm-up matches for the T20 World Cup 2024. Head coach Andrew McDonald has confirmed that players such as Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, and Mitchell Starc will join the national squad just before their tournament opener against Oman on June 5.

Australian Players prefers IPL Playoffs over T20 WC warm-up games

The players’ busy schedules with the IPL playoffs, which conclude on May 26, mean they won’t participate in the warm-up games. The Australian players will have a staggered entry. Those who have made it to the IPL finals will meet the team in Barbados, while those not in the finals will join in Trinidad. The goal is to tailor individual preparation and bring the team together effectively before the first game against Oman.

“They’ll have a staggered entry now that they’ve made the finals – they’ll meet us in Barbados, and the guys who aren’t in the IPL finals, will meet us in Trinidad,” McDonald said of the Australian players who are in the IPL.

“We’re just trying to tailor the best individual preparation and bring it together as a team when we get to Barbados, then we have four or five days there leading into the first game against Oman,” he further added.

Captain Mitchell Marsh will not bowl during the warm-up matches due to his recovery from a hamstring injury. His focus is on leading Australia during the T20 World Cup. Australia will face Namibia and West Indies in warm-up matches at Port of Spain’s Queens Park Oval.

The T20 World Cup squad includes players like David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, and Pat Cummins. Travelling reserves include Jake Fraser-McGurk and Matt Short.

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