Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes And Dawid Malan pull out of IPL 2021 to prioritise England duty

Chris Woakes, Dawid Malan, and Jonny Bairstow have all pulled out of the second leg of Indian Premier League 2021, opting to focus on England ahead of the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.

Following the cancellation of the fifth Test between England and India at Old Trafford, players from both teams will go to the United Arab Emirates this weekend to begin a six-day quarantine period before the IPL resumes on September 19th.

However, while Moeen Ali and Sam Curran are the only players from England’s most recent Test squad who have agreed to travel, Bairstow, Woakes, and Malan have informed their respective franchises that they are no longer available. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have already withdrawn, and Jofra Archer has an elbow injury that will keep him out until 2022. Malan and Bairstow are part of England’s Ashes plans, but the tour to Australia is in jeopardy, with Australia placing some of the world’s strictest restrictions on arriving travellers during COVID times.

Bio-bubble life has taken its toll on players, and with the T20 World Cup coming up in the UAE, Bairstow and Malan would benefit from more family time if they didn’t play in the IPL. Following the withdrawal of Jonny Bairstow from the tournament, Warner will have another chance to prove himself at the top for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

David Warner, the Australian opener, was having a bad run in the opening phase of the IPL 2021. In Chennai, he struggled on the slow tracks and wasn’t himself in any of the matches. As a result, he was not only removed from the captaincy but also from the playing XI.

On September 22, SRH will take on table-toppers Delhi Capitals in a bid to win the league for the second time.