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World T20 – Impact Of Postponement On These 6 Veteran Cricketers

This year’s World T20 has been postponed to 2021, as announced by the ICC on Monday. The tournament was initially scheduled to be held in Australia later this year. However, with this call, speculations regarding the tournament’s future are now cleared. This will also have a varying impact on the future of certain veteran players. These include MS Dhoni, Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga, Ab De Villiers, Dwayne Bravo and Dale Steyn.

How will the postponement of World T20 impact the future plans of these 6 veterans?

The tournament now being rescheduled will mean that these players might have to make changes in their plans ahead.

MS DHONI :

World T20 - Impact Of Postponement On These 6 Veteran Cricketers
MS Dhoni

Former Indian captain MS Dhoni last played for India in the 2019 World Cup semi-final. Ever since, MS has not played any form of cricket. The Indian team did seem to have moved on Dhoni. However, there was still hope of him making the T20 World Cup team based on his performance in the IPL, as head coach Ravi Shastri indicated. The IPL then stood postponed until further notice due to the pandemic. Now, the postponement of the World T20 makes way for the IPL to be conducted. The BCCI is in full force to host the tournament in the UAE. This would come as a delightful news as it gives MS the opportunity to perform in the IPL, and probably play the tournament before he signs off his illustrious career.

Chris Gayle :

World T20 - Impact Of Postponement On These 6 Veteran Cricketers
Chris Gayle

‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle had announced that he would retire from ODI’s post the 2019 World Cup. The big man, however, reversed his decision and went on to play the home series against India. In a surprising move, Gayle stated in January this year that he would wish to carry on till he is 45. Well, if not 45, he could at least ply his trade for a year more. The veteran is vastly experienced having played in numerous T20 leagues across the globe. With the IPL to come, Gayle can definitely be a strong contender to be a part of West Indies’ title defence at the T20 World Cup.

Lasith Malinga :

World T20 - Impact Of Postponement On These 6 Veteran Cricketers
Lasith Malinga

Malinga has had immense success representing Sri Lanka at the international level. Malinga first decided to retire from ODI’s some time after the 2019 World Cup. He then said he would pull the curtains on his career post the T20 World Cup. In another statement, Malinga said he would further continue for another two years after the T20 World Cup. The World T20, however, is now rescheduled. It will followed by another T20 World Cup and a 50-over World Cup. In this scenario, Malinga could call it quits before the next World Cup. He could play both of them as well, depending on how Sri Lanka perform.

Ab de Villiers :

World T20 - Impact Of Postponement On These 6 Veteran Cricketers
Ab de Villiers

South African great Ab de Villiers had announced his retirement from international cricket in May 2018. However, present limited-overs captain Quinton de Kock confirmed that de Villiers is still in line to play the World T20. Speculations of his comeback first came out before last year’s ODI World Cup. With South Africa failing to perform well, plans were being made to bring Ab back for the World T20. He was also set to play in at least one of South Africa’s T20 series before the World T20. However, all cricket came to a halt following the pandemic. De Villiers did participate in the recent 3T tournament and showed good form. With the IPL to come as well, South Africa can be optimistic about his participation in the ICC tournament.

Dale Steyn :

Dale Steyn

Injuries have been a never ending part of Dale Steyn’s career. The postponement can make it difficult for Steyn to stay fit until next year for the World T20. Steyn announced his retirement from the longest format last August in order to focus on ODI and T20 cricket. However, his injury prone body hasn’t allowed him to be a part of many fixtures even then. His participation in T20 leagues around the world in recent times also hasn’t been quite long due to his injuries. Therefore, Steyn’s inclusion in the T20 World Cup seems highly doubtful with it being postponed.

Dwayne Bravo :

Dwayne Bravo

Bravo announced his retirement in 2018 as well. Although, he came out of it to play the T20 World Cup. He also represented the Windies in five T20Is earlier this year. Three of those came against Ireland and a couple against Sri Lanka. By the time the World T20 happens next year, Bravo will turn 37. However, considering his track record in T20 cricket, picking him shouldn’t be a tough choice for the Windies.

 

 

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