IPL 2021 is set to restart by September this year. The 2nd phase of IPL 2021 will take place in UAE. There is a strong chance that NZ and England players might not participate in the tournament. This could deal a huge blow to the IPL teams that heavily rely on England and NZ players in the IPL this season. That said, here are 3 teams that might fail to qualify for the IPL 2021 playoffs if NZ and England players don't participate:
1. Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals will be hugely affected if England players do not participate in the 2nd phase of IPL 2021. Jos Buttler was a crucial player of the RR side in the IPL this year. Hence, there is a strong chance that RR will have to finish the IPL 2021 season without Buttler. Furthermore, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes will also not play the remaining matches of IPL 2021. RR’s overseas backup option Liam Livingstone will also not be available for the 2nd phase of IPL 2021. Consequently, there is a strong chance that RR might not qualify for the IPL 2021 playoffs.
2. Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad might have to play without Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson if NZ and England players do not participate in the 2nd phase of IPL 2021. Jonny Bairstow was a crucial player for SRH in the IPL this year. Kane Williamson was recently appointed as SRH captain after David Warner was sacked as SRH captain. SRH will definitely struggle to qualify for the IPL 2021 playoffs in the absence of Bairstow and Williamson.
3. Chennai Super Kings
CSK might have to play the remaining matches of IPL 2021 without the likes of Moeen Ali and Sam Curran. Moeen Ali was terrific for CSK in the IPL this year. The England all rounder scored 206 runs and scalped 5 wickets in 6 matches in IPL 2021. On the other hand, Sam Curran scalped 9 wickets in just 7 matches for CSK in IPL 2021. CSK will surely struggle to qualify for the IPL 2021 playoffs in the absence of Moeen Ali and Sam Curran.