"I really do love playing in IPL, but..." - Pat Cummins reveals the reason for skipping IPL 2023 season
Without a doubt, the Indian Premier League is among the top sports leagues on the planet, and when it comes to cricket, there is no other league that comes close to the cash-rich league. And it is not a wrong statement to say that players frequently seek to participate in this competition.
However, the Australian Test and ODI skipper Pat Cummins was one of those few players who decided to opt out of the upcoming edition of the tournament. On Tuesday, Cummins announced on his Twitter account that he would skip the next IPL season.
I’ve made the difficult decision to miss next years IPL. The international schedule is packed with Tests and ODI’s for the next 12 months, so will take some rest ahead of an Ashes series and World Cup. pic.twitter.com/Iu0dF73zOW— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) November 14, 2022
Now, the Australian captain has explained why he chose not to participate in the marquee league season. Notably, he was the most expensive player in the 2019 auction. The Kolkata Knight Riders picked him up for a staggering price of INR 15.5 crore.
In a discussion with SEN 1170, "The Run Home," Cummins pointed out that Australia is scheduled to play unlimited cricket in the next 12 months, which includes 15 Test matches and the 2023 ODI World Cup in India, and that, as the captain of the team, he should be the first player to play all games for his country.
Cummins said, "There’s just so much cricket in the next 12 months really, that was the deciding factor, we’ve got 15 test matches, hopefully, we make the test world championship finals. There’s plenty of ODIs, then the ODI World Cup, if I played that I wouldn’t get much of a break so try and pinch some time at home."
Furthermore, the Australian skipper said that it adds another challenge, both mentally and physically, when you are a captain because you need to be fresh enough to play and make decisions in the series we play. He added that, as a captain, he wants to be part of all those series that are coming next year.
Cummins concluded that he didn't want to realise at the end of his career that he missed something as a captain. The Australian schedule for the next year is jam-packed.
Australia will play England in a white-ball series starting on Thursday, followed by two Tests against the West Indies. Then they will host South Africa for three Tests, which will end in January. Then Australia will come to India for a four-match Test series.