Top Aussie players may withdraw from WI tour

Sydney: Seven top Australian players — Pat Cummins, David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson and Jhye Richardson — could pull out of the national team’s white-ball series in the West Indies next month, according to media reports.

The development comes a day after Cricket Australia announced six additions to their 23-member preliminary squad for the limited-overs cricket tours of West Indies and Bangladesh in July and August.

A report in Nine Media said that the seven star players could pull out after having spent considerable periods in various cricketing bubbles over the past few months.

All-rounder Daniel Sams, who contracted Covid-19 in India ahead of the Indian Premier League, had already made himself unavailable for selection due to mental health.

The Aussies, who are mulling a pullout, were part of the IPL 2021 which was suspended and is likely to resume in mid-September in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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