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IPL 2021 players withdraw list: As like IPL 2020, many star players announced their unavailability for the IPL 2021 season owing to various reasons.

Players Withdraw from IPL 2021

In the previous edition of the Indian Premier League(IPL) many players withdrawal from the IPL 2020 owing to various personal reasons. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, BCCI hosts the IPL 2020 in UAE following the strict bio-secure bubble condition.

Many International players who played the matches under biosecure condition expects a break and starts to skip many domestic and international matches. In that list, ahead of IPL 2021 Auction, many players announced their withdraw.

Tom Banton

The wicket-keeper batsman was bought by the KKR for Rs 1 crore at the players’ auction last December. The 22-year-old, who played just two matches for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the two-month-long IPL last year, said he wants to play cricket and not warm the bench.

Tom Banton
Tom Banton

Notably, the English batsman Tom Banton has been released from the Brisbane Heat’s squad for BBL 10 after pulling out due to bubble fatigue.

“Growing up as a kid the IPL was a tournament that I absolutely loved watching. But I feel like I’m at a stage now where I need to be playing cricket instead of sitting on the bench,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

Dale Steyn

The South African speedster DFale Steyn who plays for RCB in the IPL 2020 has withdrawn from playing IPL 2021. The veteran bowler made the announcement on Twitter, saying that he doesn’t intend to play for any other franchise and the motive is to take some time away from cricket.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn

“Just a short message to let everyone know that I’ve made myself unavailable for RCB at this years IPL, I’m also not planning on playing for another team, just taking some time off during that period,” the tweet read. “Thank you to RCB for understanding. No, I’m not retired.”

Mitchell Starc 

Mitchell Start is another popular name who did not register himself for IPL 2021 auction. The Australia pacer played for Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2014 to 2016. With his dangerous yorkers and speed, he has managed to trouble batsmen in international cricket.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc

He became a key bowler for RCB in IPL 2015 edition, taking 20 wickets in 13 matches. He moved outside of RCB in 2017 to focus on an international career. In IPL 2018, the left-arm bowler was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs. 9.4 crore. But he was ruled out of the season due to injury.

Post the tournament, KKR released Mitchell Starc out of the squad. Speedster Starc has kept himself away from participating in the IPL tournaments since that time.

Joe Root

Joe Root, who scored a century in his 100th Test on the first day of the series against India, did not register for the second IPL in a row

With an experience of 139 ODIs and 32 T20Is so far, Joe Root has played a lot of cricket in the limited-overs format. However, he has not been part of a single IPL tournament so far, which is surprising.

Joe root
Joe root

Last week English skipper Joe Root made headlines when he admitted that he wants to play the IPL, but he cannot because of the hectic schedule.

“I am desperate to be part of an IPL season and hopefully a few more beyond,” Root said last week. “[But] with the amount of Test cricket in particular this year, it didn’t feel like it was the right time and I didn’t feel like I could throw all my energy into it, which I think it deserves.”

James Pattinson

James Pattinson has been released by Mumbai Indians ahead of the IPL 2021 mini auction. He was a  part of the Mumbai Indians’ title-winning squad in 2020.  The right-arm pacer in IPL 2020 and showcased a decent performance with 11 wickets in 10 matches. It is understood that he is taking a break after a long summer spent in lockdown bubbles.

James Pattinson
James Pattinson

Mushfiqur Rahim

Mushfiqur Rahim is another grand name who wished to move away from IPL 2021 auction. The 33-year-old Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman plays actively in Bangladesh Premier League – Bangladesh’s domestic T20 tournament.

He registered himself in IPL 2020 auction at a base price of 75 lakh but went unsold. This might be the reason why the experienced Bangladesh cricketer did not register for IPL 2021 auction. Hence, he will not be able to make a debut in the Indian Premier League in 2021 as well.

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim

Mark Wood

English pacer Mark Wood has withdrawn his name from the auction list just a few hours before IPL 2021 auction. According to a report in Cricbuzz, it is believed that Wood has opted out of the auction because he wants to spend time with his family. Wood was rested by England for the first two Tests against India at Chennai.

He had turned up for Chennai Super Kings in 2018, but played merely one match and conceded 49 runs. Last year, defending champions were contemplating getting Wood on board as Lasith Malinga’s replacement – but that did not happen as MI opted for James Pattinson instead.

Mark Wood
Mark Wood

Lasith Malinga

Players who announced their IPL retirement are also included in the list of players who withdraw from the IPL 2021 season.

The Sri Lankan-born Yorker king Lasith Malinga announced retirement from franchise cricket after Mumbai Indians released him ahead of IPL 2021. Malinga, the highest wicket-taker in the IPL history, informed his decision to the Mumbai Indians management earlier this year.

“After discussing with family, I think now is the right time to retire from all franchise cricket,” Malinga said in the release.

Lasith Malinga

Shane Watson

Shane Watson announced his retirement from IPL which makes him retire from all forms of cricket. The Australian all-rounder announced his retirement from international cricket in 2016  and continued to play for CSK in IPL since 2018.

Shane Watson retired from IPL as one of its most decorated all-rounders. He scored 3,874 runs at an average of 30.99 with the help of 4 centuries and 21 fifties. With the ball, he picked up 92 wickets.

Ahead of his retirement Shane Watson is expected to include in the CSK support staff for IPL 2021.

Shane Watson
Shane Watson

Parthiv Patel

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel announces his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday(09-12-2020).

However, Royal Challengers Bangalore faced criticism from former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel as he believes he was released by the franchise despite having announced his retirement in December 2020.

Parthiv Patel
Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2018 and was tasked with the responsibility of opening the batting. The former Gujarat captain scored 526 runs in 20 matches but he did not get an opportunity to feature in the playing XI in IPL 2020 even as he travelled to the UAE with the rest of the squad.

Parthiv led Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the 2011 season of IPL. He played 204 T20 matches for his state and various IPL franchises and scored 4,300 runs at a strike rate of 123.84, with the help of 23 half-centuries.

Mitchell Marsh

Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered a big blow after Mitchell Marsh informed that he will pull out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Under the latest IPL Covid-19 protocols, the 29-year-old Australian cricketer would have to undergo seven-day quarantine plus a 50-day bio-bubble, which he found too restrictive.

But according to the information coming in from Sunrisers Hyderabad camp, England opening batsman Jason Roy has been roped in by SRH as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh.

Josh Philippe

Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe has pulled out of the IPL for personal reasons, prompting Royal Challengers Bangalore to sign uncapped New Zealander Finn Allen as a like-for-like replacement.

“Philippe has made himself unavailable for the upcoming season due to personal reasons,” RCB said in a statement.

“The RCB management is disappointed to lose a player of Josh’s caliber for this IPL season, but at the same time we fully understand, respect and support his decision of excluding himself from the tournament.”

Josh Philippe
Josh Philippe

Josh Hazlewood 

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) pacer Josh Hazlewood has been pulled out of the IPL 2021 on April 1, 2021.

“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. 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,” cricket.com.au quoted Hazlewood as saying.

“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,” he added.

Hazlewood had played just three games for CSK in IPL 2020 and this year, he would have been competing with Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Lungi Ngidi, and Dwayne Bravo for a spot in the playing XI.

Jofra Archer

Rajasthan Royals Ace pacer Jofra Archer is set to miss the entire IPL 2021 season owing to a finger surgery carried out recently as well as a longstanding elbow injury. The injury occurred to Archer during the match against India and expected to play half of the IPL matches.

“The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that England and Sussex bowler Jofra Archer will not play in the 2021 Indian Premier League,” said ECB.

Archer returned to bowling this week with higher intensity, and the ECB and Sussex medical teams will continue to monitor his progress.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer

Ben Stokes

Rajasthan Royals confirmed earlier this week that Ben Stokes has been ruled out of IPL 2021 with a finger injury. He had picked up the injury during the Royals’ IPL 2021 season-opening match against Punjab Kings in Mumbai on Monday.

The Royals had said earlier that Ben Stokes decided to stay with the former champions and motivate the rest of the team for the next few days.

However, the need for surgery has prompted an early departure from India. The ECB confirmed that Stokes will be out of competitive action for up to 3 months.

“England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be out for up to 12 weeks after a repeat X-ray and CT scan on Thursday revealed that he has a fracture of his left index finger,” an ECB release said.

Ben Stokes rules out of IPL 2021 owing to a fracture finger
Ben Stokes injured himself with a catch dive that dismissed Chris Gayle

Liam Livingstone

Liam Livingstone, the England and Rajasthan Royals batter, has opted to return home early from the IPL, citing “bubble fatigue” after spending much of the last ten months moving in and out of biosecure environments.

The Royals said that Livingstone had flown back to the UK before India was added to a “red list” of countries from which the arrivals need to undergo a mandatory ten-day quarantine period.

Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone

Andrew Tye

Rajasthan Royals informed that pacer Andrew Tye flew back to Australia due to personal reasons.

Tye is the fourth overseas player for the franchise to pull out of the IPL. Earlier, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer pulled out of the IPL due to injuries while Liam Livingstone flew back home due to bubble fatigue.

Andrew Tye
Andrew Tye

With this, Rajasthan are now left with only four overseas players. Tye did not play in any game of the season for Rajasthan.

Ravichandran Ashwin

Ashwin pulls out of IPL 2021
Ashwin pulls out of IPL 2021

One of the Ace players of Delhi Capitals Ravichandran Ashwin has announced his decision to withdraw from IPL 2021 citing the need to be with his family during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ashwin announced the decision following Delhi Capitals’ victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai, which incidentally is his hometown.

Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson

RCB players Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have decided to pull out of the ongoing IPL 2021 tournament amid personal reasons.

Richardson featured in one game in IPL 2021, Zampa hasn’t been able to make it to the eleven. While leg-spinner Zampa was bought for Rs 1.5 crore, RCB spent Rs 4 crore to buy pacer Richardson at the IPL players auction.

Daniel Sams

The all-rounder, who plays for RCB, decided to withdraw from IPL 2021 Phase 2, citing mental health.

Finn Allen

After being named in the New Zealand team that will tour Pakistan and Bangladesh, RCB’s Finn Allen withdrew his name from IPL.

Jay Richardson and Riley Meredith

The Players who play for Punjab Kings in IPL, have refused to play in the second phase of the tournament’s 14th season. In his place, Punjab Kings have included Nathan Ellis in the team.

Pat Cummins

Australia and Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Pat Cummins won’t be a part of IPL 2021 Phase 2 as he is going to become a father for the first time, reportedly in September-October 2021.

Washington Sundar

RCB’s All-rounder Washington Sundar was ruled out of the second phase of IPL 2021 starting in the UAE on September 19 as the finger injury he suffered in England has not healed completely and he could not clear the fitness test at the NCA.

Jonny Bairstow

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicket keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow has withdrawn from IPL 2021. The reason for his withdrawal is still unknown.

Dawid Malan

Dawid Malan who has been roped by Punjab Kings in the IPL 2021 Auction for 1.5 crores has been withdrawn from IPL 2021.

Chris Woakes

Delhi Capitals All rounder Woakes has withdrawn from the IPL 2021 phase 2 which is scheduled to play in UAE.

Siddharth Manimaran

DC’s left-arm pacer Siddharth Manimaran has been ruled out of the remainder of the IPL 2021 after he suffers a quadriceps strain while training in Dubai.

Sherfane Rutherford

SRH’s Sherfane Rutherford left the IPL 2021 second phase after his father away. Notably, Rutherford replaces Jonny Bairstow for the second phase of IPL 2021.

Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav was ruled out of IPL 2021. He has returned home after sustaining a knee injury.