IPL 2021: Steve Smith might go unsold at the IPL 2021 auctions due to CA NOC.
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021: Australian star batsman Steve Smith is among those 57 players who were set free by their respective franchise ahead of the IPL 2021 auctions. Smith who was earlier associated with the inaugural champions of the IPL is also released by the ROyals.
Rajasthan Royals witnessed their poorest run in the recently concluded season of Indian Premier League. Under the captaincy of Steve Smith, RR was placed last in the points table at the end of the league stages that too with an explosive start with two back to back wins at Sharjah.
Steve Smith might go unsold due to CA NOC plans:
With the Australian player will be up for the grab in the coming auction, however, his presence can be hampered by the Cricket Australia’s policies. Recently, Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia interim CEO said that they will issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to the concerned player.
However, there was a catch in the statement, where Hockley mentioned that the NOCs will be granted on a case-by-case basis. Although, there is still no clarity on the set rules and the regulations on what basis the NOC’s will be granted.
The mentioned catch might hamper the chances of Steve Smith who will be up for the grabs. Smith is the most valuable overseas player in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was retained by the one times champion side, Rajasthan Royals for whopping INR 12.5 crores.
Smith along with his Australian counterparts Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell are still on doubt to take part in the IPL auctions. One Cricket Australia (CA) release the set NOC rules, it can be clarified.
Apart from the aforementioned players from Australia, David Waner, Pat Cummins, Marcus Stoinis and Josh Hazlewood are among those who have been retained by their respective franchise ahead of the IPL 2021 auctions.