- Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will not be participating in today’s RCB clash against RR at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
- On account of being a contracted player of the CA (Cricket Australia) like Pat Cummins, David Warner and several others, Glenn would have to warm the benches till the white-ball series gets over.
- Maxwell will be a part of RCB’s campaign against Mumbai Indians on April 9th at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
- West Indies all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford will continue to feature in RCB’s line-up until Maxwell is available.
Debonair Australian all-rounder, who bats right-handed and bowls off-break had been acquired by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League. Maxwell has joined the camp and has kickstarted training with his teammates. Fans are keenly waiting to see the legend participate in the biggest T20 tournament around the world. An archetype player of this format, Maxwell has an incomprehensible ability to attract a humungous number of fans, both inside the stadiums and those watching at home.
However, Faf Du Plessis-led RCB will not be able to avail the services of the star player before April 6th on account of a Cricket Australia clause. Maxwell is a centrally contracted player with Cricket Australia (CA) like Right-Arm Fast Bowler Pat Cummins; left-handed batsman, David Warner, and Right-Arm Fast Medium Bowler, Josh Hazlewood. The clause mandated by CA suggests that all the contracted players who are unavailable for the white-ball series will not be permitted to link up with the IPl squads until the former is over. Thus, Glenn will not be participating in today’s RCB clash against RR at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. Maxwell will be up for RCB’s campaign against Mumbai Indians on 9th April at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, as revealed by the team’s Head coach, Mike Hesson. This will be his 10th IPL season.
Faf’s pep talk to the team, Mike’s assessment, Willey’s team song assignment, Harshal on facing old friend Yuzi, Maxi’s availability and much more, as we preview the #RRVRCB game on @kreditbee presents Game Day.#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPL2022 #Mission2022 #RCB #ನಮ್ಮRCB pic.twitter.com/rRFAu5PGGn— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 5, 2022
Additional IPL contracted players who are a part of the white-ball squad like Marcus Stoinis (LSG), Jason Behrendorff (RCB), Sean Abbott (SRH), Mitch Marsh (DC), and Nathan Ellis (PBKS), will also be missing the first week of the T20 tournament. Maxwell tied the knot with long-time girlfriend Vini Raman on 18th March and had therefore not participated in the Australia Tour of Pakistan. He entered Mumbai’s IPL bio-bubble and has finished his three-day quarantine period.
Maxwell’s consistent scores in the middle-order alongside his handy off-breaks played a pivotal role in taking RCB to the playoffs in the last season of the IPL. Meanwhile, RCB boasts preeminent batsmen like Faf Du Plessis and Virat Kohli in the ranks. Thus, Maxwell’s inclusion will strengthen RCB’s lineup even further.
Filling in for Glenn, West Indies all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford will continue to feature in the line-up. RCB faced an excruciating defeat at the hands of the Punjab Kings losing by 5 wickets but made a comeback by trouncing Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets in their next fixture. RCB would unquestionably want to extend their winning streak against a formidable RR.
Maxwell had been acquired by RCB for a whopping Rs. 14.25 crores ahead of IPL 2021 and had done justice to the price with his commendable performance including six half-centuries (three times his total number of half-centuries in the last 5 seasons of the IPL). Additionally, he was their highest scorer last season garnering 513 runs with an average of 42.75 and a strike rate of 144.10. Maxwell was retained by RCB for 11 crores in IPL 2022.