Ponting backs Aussies to play in rescheduled IPL in UAE, says will be ideal preparation for T20 WC

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The
IPL
will
squeeze
its
remaining
76
games
between
September
19
and
October
15
while
the
T20
World
Cup
will
be
held
just
after
that
from
October
17
to
November
14.
Both
tournaments
will
be
held
in
the
UAE.

“Those
guys
that
haven’t
played
for
three
or
four
months
now,
they
need
to
get
back
into
the
groove
of
playing
high-quality
cricket
against
the
best
players
in
the
world,”
Ponting
was
quoted
by
cricket.com.au
as
telling
Australia
Test
captain
Tim
Paine
in
a
conversation
on
SEN
radio.

“No
doubt
it’s
their
best
preparation
to
be
in
those
exact
conditions,
playing
in
probably
the
strongest
domestic
T20
tournament
in
the
world,”
said
Ponting,
who
will
head
to
Dubai
as
head
coach
of
IPL
side
Delhi
Capitals.

Fast
bowler
Pat
Cummins,
who
skipped
the
West
Indies
and
Bangladesh
tours
to
spend
the
time
with
his
pregnant
fiance,
is
not
expected
to
return
to
the
IPL
with
his
first
child
due
in
the
middle
of
the
rescheduled
tournament.

“For
second
half
of
this
season
it’s
going
to
be
really
tough
to
get
over
there,”
Cummins
said
in
a
vlog
on
his
YouTube
channel.

“We’ll
see
how
it
plays
out
but
at
this
stage
it
might
be
a
bit
too
hard,
but
with
the
World
Cup
straight
after
that,
I’m
hoping
to
be
good
to
go
for
that.”

Australia
captain
Aaron
Finch
this
week
had
surgery
on
his
right
knee
to
repair
cartilage
damage
he
suffered
in
the
West
Indies.
While
the
surgery
was
a
success,
he
faces
a
10-week
recovery
period,
which
will
leave
him
sidelined
right
up
until
Australia’s
opening
match
of
the
Super
12
stage
of
the
World
Cup.

Finch
has
previously
said
he
believed
a
return
to
the
IPL
would
be
“hard
to
justify”
for
players
who
had
skipped
the
winter
tours
citing
the
fatigue
and
toll
of
hotel
quarantines
and
bio-secure
bubbles.
Riley
Meredith,
Dan
Christian,
Moises
Henriques,
Mitchell
Marsh,
Adam
Zampa,
Andrew
Tye
and
Josh
Philippe
were
all
part
of
the
side
that
toured
the
Caribbean
and
Bangladesh,
and
all
hold
IPL
deals.
Marsh
and
Philippe
had
opted
out
of
the
first
stage
of
the
IPL
tournament
that
was
held
in
India.

Nathan
Coulter-Nile,
Chris
Lynn
and
Ben
Cutting

none
of
whom
are
in
Australia’s
plans
or
hold
state
contracts

are
the
other
Australians
with
IPL
contracts.

Australia’s
T20
side,
which
did
not
have
a
host
of
first-choice
players,
suffered
1-4
series
defeats
against
West
Indies
and
Bangladesh
recently,
and
Ponting
said
the
results
underlined
the
current
lack
of
depth
in
Australian
cricket.

The
Australian
side
crashed
to
their
lowest-ever
T20I
total
of
62
against
Bangladesh
in
Dhaka
a
few
days
ago.
“…
whether
it
was
a
lack
of
confidence
or
a
lack
of
skill
or
a
lack
of
game
awareness
in
the
conditions.
Just
the
lack
of
know-how
and
skill
in
those
conditions
brought
us
undone
again.

“It’s
been
the
Achilles
heel
for
Australian
cricket
for
as
long
as
I
can
remember.
It
just
goes
to
show
the
depth
around
Australian
cricket
right
now
is
not
where
it
needs
to
be.

“The
T20
World
Cup
is
not
far
away
(but)
with
everyone
fit
and
healthy
in
the
UAE,
I
still
think
the
Australian
team
can
push
really
hard
to
win
that
title
that’s
eluded
us,”
Ponting
said.

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