Josh Hazlewood decided to pull out of the upcoming Indian Premier League on Thursday. He said that to keep himself physically and mentally ready for the World Cup T20 he took the decision.
Hazelwood Reveals the Reason
Just nine days to go for the 14th edition of the World Cup and Chennai Super Kings received a blow. The CSK team is set to begin their campaign with a match against Delhi Capitals on April 10. But their prime bowler Josh Hazlewood decided to pull out of the league this year as he informed to cricket.com.au. “It’s been a long 10 months in bubbles and quarantine at different times, so I decided to have a rest from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia in the next two months.” He added, “We’ve got a big winter ahead too. The West Indies is going to be a long tour, with Bangladesh (T20 tour) potentially thrown on the end of that.”
Reportedly Hazlewood wants to be ready for the big assignment ahead in form of the T20 World Cup. “Then potentially the T20 World Cup leading into the Ashes, so it’s a big 12 months, as it always is with Australia, and I want to give myself the best chance to be mentally and physically ready for that. That’s the decision I’ve made, and it sits pretty well with me,” Hazlewood told.
CSK Can Replace Hazlewood Any Time
Hazlewood was picked up by the MS Dhoni-led IPL side ahead of last year’s IPL. He played three matches for Chennai Super Kings in the UAE last year. After Josh Philippe (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Mitchell Marsh (Sunrisers Hyderabad) Hazlewood became the third Aussie cricketer to quit IPL 2021. Interestingly Hazlewood will be now available to play the back end of the domestic season. “The workloads are a bit too low … to play (both) Wollongong and the Shield final if we make it – hopefully I can use the next two weeks to build up and if we’re in the Shield final I can play that.”
On the other hand, the Chennai based franchise will have a chance to name a replacement of Hazlewood at any point of time in the tournament.