Glenn Maxwell has joined his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore and also started training with the team. But according to Cricket Australia’s guidelines, none of the Australia players can participate in Indian Premier League 2022 before April 6. Mike Hesson, in a video shared by the franchise on Tuesday confirmed the same on Tuesday.
The Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell who is an integral part of the RCB set-up cannot participate in any IPL match before April 6 according to Cricket Australia, just like any other Australian player. No contracted Australian cricketer is allowed to participate in Indian Premier League before that. The Director of Cricket of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mike Hesson spoke about the same in a video shared by the RCB.
“It’s pretty clear that from Cricket Australia’s point of view, no contracted players are available before the 6th of April. So, regardless of the fact that he (Glenn Maxwell) has arrived here, he can’t play till 6th. We are well aware of that. He will be available for the game on 9th,” said Hesson in the video.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Rajasthan Royals for their next match in the IPL 2022 today at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Maxwell’s joining has been delayed due to his wedding to his Indian-origin girlfriend Vini Raman on March 27. Maxwell is being replaced by Sherfane Rutherford in the playing XI for the time being, but once Maxwell is available, the franchise will look up to him to hold the middle-order like last year.
After losing to Punjab Kings in their season opener, Royal Challengers Bangalore sealed a win against Kolkata Knight Riders in a thriller. It was a low-scoring match that the RCB managed to win with four balls remaining. Maxwell’s inclusion in the side will boost their morale and one can expect massive batting performances for the side going forward.