Cricket Australia gave its players a No Objection Certificate or NOC for joining the IPL. Now the players are free to join the tournament without any pressure from their national cricket board. A couple of weeks ago, the Cricket board of New Zealand also cleared the way for its players to join the IPL. English players are already on board, with only Australia a concern, but now that is done as well.
Cricket Australia decided this after the tour of Afghanistan was postponed, which has dates in a clash with IPL. The supposed tour of Afghanistan was going to be a practice series before the T20 World Cup. The series would have included 3 T20 matches. After Afghanistan, West Indies was to play with Australia, but their dates have been postponed as well.
All the lead players who are going to join the IPL have received the NOC. Around 40 Australians, including players, coaches, broadcasters, and staff, are supposed to join the IPL. The BCCI would be providing them with all they need, as it was done earlier. All the players were sent home on flights provided by the BCCI for secured travel amid the pandemic.
The second leg of IPL is going to be hosted in UAE before the ICC T20 World Cup. The BCCI is preparing with its best efforts to make the tournament enjoyable for the fans as well as players. In doing this work for IPL, the cricket board of the venue country, Cricket Emirates, is also helping the BCCI. The tournament is set to start next month.
Many franchises have already started to travel to the venue so they can make the best of time by practicing on the UAE pitch. Now we only have to wait for the second leg to begin.