Aakash Chopra has claimed that almost half a dozen English players have betrayed their respective IPL franchises by withdrawing from the next leg of the tournament. Chopra added that the IPL family is not forgetting and that franchises would react accordingly during future auctions.
With the resumption of the second leg of the 2021 IPL less than a week away, several franchises have had a difficult time restructuring their setup, with players withdrawing due to various reasons.
Recently, the English Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow withdrew from the tournament. Ben Stokes remains a huge mistake for the Rajasthan Royals, having taken a break to focus on his mental well-being, as have Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer. Archer has been ruled out for the remainder of the year due to an elbow injury.
Former India starter Aakash Chopra claimed that the massive withdrawal of players is causing the franchises to be betrayed, having gone through a great process of thought during auctions.
“English players will have to bear this in mind a bit that when you get your name out of an IPL season, the franchise that bought you feels cheated, they feel like they have betrayed you,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel. .
“Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, they weren’t going to come anymore. But now Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow have also got their name back. That means half a dozen English players won’t be part of the IPL. It’s been a mass exodus. The IPL family is not forgotten. “
The 43-year-old also emphasized how the franchises would have developed their game plan around the presence of a certain player, and that his retirement would seriously affect the balance of the teams.
“Of course, these are difficult times. We understand all that, but it remains in mind that I had gone with you and created my strategy after thinking a lot, you were an important cog in my wheel, but the cog is gone,” he explained. .
“This means that when the auction happens next time, they have the memory of an elephant, they will definitely not forget who came and who left. And that’s why when they say that Mitchell Starc will get paid a lot, they may not get it because when you get your name back twice it stays on the minds of all teams. “
The second leg of the IPL will resume from Sunday, September 19, with the Chennai Super Kings taking on the Mumbai Indians in Dubai.