Aaron Finch says, “IPL return will be hard to justify for players who have withdrawn from international tours”


Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch said that he was surprised to see some of his teammates withdraw from the country’s upcoming white-ball tours and they will have a hard time justifying their participation in the second half of the postponed IPL (Indian Premier League), given the hectic national schedule.

Australia’s top seven cricketers David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams have pulled out from the upcoming West Indies series for varied reasons and also said that they won’t be visiting Bangladesh if that tour is confirmed. It had been a long-term plan for Warner and Cummins to miss the winter tours to West Indies and Bangladesh if confirmed, the captain said that he understands his teammates’ decision.

When Finch was asked about his teammates who requested not to consider for the tours, he replied, “I think they would find it hard to justify going back and playing that second half of the IPL. Just purely based on the workload coming up with a T20 World Cup and a huge home summer. It’s tough. It’s a tough situation that everyone has been put in, but I would find it hard to do that knowing how difficult it is and how challenging it is mentally, and on your family as well. That’s what I would think.”

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