IPL 2015: Australia’s Josh Hazlewood opts out of the tournament

Indian Premier League (IPL) is a tournament that no cricketer around the world wants to miss. Not just because of the money involved in it but also the competitive cricket that comes with it. However even in the past, cricketers have given it a miss prioritising national commitments and Australia’s World Cup winning fast bowler Josh Hazlewood is latest to join the list.

The pacer has opted not to feature for his side Mumbai Indians (IPL) in the ongoing tournament, following a heavy summer schedule and a gruelling winter ahead. MI had retained the bowler with a US $100,000 contract for the 2015 season after being bought in 2014.

A report in IANS quoted Cricket Australia General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard as saying, “Josh’s workload has changed significantly since he first began attending the IPL.”

“The IPL is the players’ leave period and in Josh’s case it was deemed that not playing was the best use of that time in the lead-up to a busy winter. This was agreed to with the IPL following discussions at the end of the Test Series.”

Australia are scheduled to play their tour match in the West Indies just days after the IPL final, before two Tests against the Caribbean side, then followed by the Ashes starting in Cardiff on July 8. Hazlewood, who picked up five for 68, is expected to be a key player for the Australian team.