Another setback for IPL before the start of its 14th session as another Australian player Josh Hazelwood opts out of IPL 2021. After Mitch Marsh and Josh Philippe also opt out of IPL 2021 after being picked, Hazelwood will be the 3rd Australian cricketer in current IPL season to do so.
Exclusive: Josh Hazlewood has withdrawn from his #IPL stint with @ChennaiIPL & hopes to be playing the #SheffieldShield final in a fortnight | @samuelfez https://t.co/y9ZcYGH6li pic.twitter.com/d3fcALQPyv
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 31, 2021
Hazelwood has been picked by Chennai Super Kings whom he represented in 2020 by playing 3 matches only. Hazelwood is not the best when it comes to T20 franchise cricket but still his omission form the IPL will definitely hurts CSK plans for 2021.
Hazelwood has been in different bio secure bubbles since last 10 months at different stages and with busy schedule ahead he wanted to be physically and mentally fit to be competitive when other scheduled matches takes place.