Cricket: Aaron Finch axed by IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders

Despite suffering a badly broken leg that could sideline him for up to three months, Glenn Maxwell was one of nine Australians retained on big-money deals by the Indian Premier League franchises as national T20 captain Aaron Finch was axed ahead of next year’s tournament.

Josh Hazlewood and David Warner were other players to keep their spots, as did boom fast bowler Nathan Ellis, who narrowly missed selection in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad.

But Australian T20 captain Aaron Finch was not retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders, with his international future up in the air. KKR is already entering the next tournament without Pat Cummins, who announced his decision to rest instead of take up a potential million-dollar deal.

Finch could yet skip the IPL auction but is a confirmed entry in the Pakistan Super League draft for the 2023 season, the only Australian to go in as a platinum–level pick worth about $250,000.

Other Australians omitted when the retained lists were revealed overnight were Sean Abbott, Daniel Sams, Riley Meredith, Andrew Tye and Nathan Coulter-Nile. They could all still enter the draft where remaining places at each team will be filled.

Finch was not the most notable player cut from their team, with World Cup winning English opener Alex Hales on the list, along with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who skippered Sunrisers Hyderabad this year on $2.5m deal.

While Cummins opted out of playing in the IPL this year, only last weekend Warner said he still “loved” T20s and, while flagging potential Test retirement, said he’d continue to play the shortest form of the game.

“T20 cricket – I love the game. I will be looking to get to 2024 (World Cup),” Warner said.

“For all those people saying I am past it and a lot of those old people are past it, look out. Be careful what you wish for.”

New Australian T20 slugger Tim David and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis were also retained by their franchises.

Maxwell suffered a compound fracture of his leg last weekend while at a friend’s 50th birthday party that required surgery and is expected to sideline him for a considerable period of time.

But while the injury may have dashed his hopes of being on Australia’s Test tour of India in February, he should, pending no complications with his recovery, be ready for the IPL.

AUSTRALIANS CONFIRMED FOR IPL 2023

Josh Hazlewood, Glenn Maxwell (both Royal Challengers Bangalore), David Warner, Mitch Marsh (both Delhi Capitals), Tim David, Jason Behrendorff (both Mumbai Indians), Matthew Wade (Gujurat Titans), Marcus Stoinis (Lucknow Super Giants), Nathan Ellis (Punjab Kings).

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