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Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan criticized foreign players who are departing the IPL mid-season or late in the tournament due to national commitments.

Several IPL franchises are facing disruption due to the early departure of English players selected for the upcoming T20 World Cup. These players, despite being picked through the auction process, are leaving their franchises mid-season for national duty.

This unexpected turn of events throws a wrench into the plans of teams that invest heavily in acquiring these talented players. Franchises like the Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Royal Challengers Bengaluru are all set to lose key contributors as Jos Buttler, Phil Salt, and Will Jacks depart for national duty.

Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan expressed his frustration on social media, stating “Either be available for the full season or don’t come!”

The Chennai Super Kings have also been impacted by the departures, losing their pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman to Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup preparations.

However, franchises do have options to mitigate the losses. Teams can sign replacements, as Chennai Super Kings did by bringing in Richard Gleeson for the injured Devon Conway. Additionally, the “impact player” rule allows teams to introduce a substitute during a match.

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With Pathan’s scathing remark on the exits, the IPL governing organization meeting might address this situation, but for now, the players’ focus on representing their countries in a prestigious event like the World Cup appears to be a natural priority.

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Last Updated on May 16, 2024