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CSK shortlist of two players REJECT offer as Hazlewood’s replacement

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has shortlisted two players as the replacement for Josh Hazlewood, who pulled out of the IPL 2021

Chennai Super Kings have had a poor outcome in the IPL last season. Now, they are facing some issues ahead of the start of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Australian fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood has pulled out of the IPL. After this decision, CSK is facing trouble finding a suitable replacement for the Aussie pacer.

To replace him, CSK had offered contracts to another Australian fast bowler Billy Stanlake and English left-arm pace bowler Reece Topley. However, both of them have refused to join the team. The reason being the rising number of COVID-19 cases in India day by day.

A source of CSK said that many of the players are under contract with the county teams. They aren’t getting permission to play in the IPL due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in India. 

They have to soon go for wildcard players and they hope to get it soon. However, they do feel that there are persisting problems.

CSK shortlists two players as Josh Hazlewood's replacement

“Many of them have contracts with English county teams. They aren’t getting the permissions due to the rising number of Covid cases. We may have to go for a wildcard and may get one soon enough. But the problems do persist,” a source close to the development was quoted as saying to The Times of India (TOI).

Some of the players playing in IPL 2021 have already been tested COVID-19 positive. The likes of Devdutt Padikkal from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Axar Patel of Delhi Capitals (DC) and Nitish Rana of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have already been tested positive for the virus. Moreover, ground staff from the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai have also tested positive for the virus.

Ravindra Jadeja is fit for IPL 2021 after an injury layoff

CSK have a piece of happy news for them amidst all these problems. The source revealed that Ravindra Jadeja is fit after his injury lay off and has started training for the upcoming edition of the IPL. So, he will definitely be part of the CSK playing XI.

“He batted and bowled in the nets and looked pretty good at that. He will definitely be a part of the playing XI,” the source added.

Josh Hazlewood earlier revealed that he is suffering from fatigue after spending much of the last few months in bio-secure bubbles. He also knows that Australia has tough international fixtures in the upcoming months. So, he wants to keep himself mentally and physically fit to tackle it.

“We will have a big winter ahead. The Tour Of West Indies is going to be a long and tiring tour, with Bangladesh (T20 tour) potentially thrown at the end of that. 

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,” he had said.

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