Australian all-rounder and Mumbai Indians’ (MI) biggest acquisition in the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, Cameron Green, will only be available as a bowling option from April 13 onwards.
Green sustained a fracture during the Boxing Day Test against South Africa, ruling him out for a while. He was signed by MI for a sum of INR 17.5 crore at the IPL 2023 mega-auction last month and is highly valued for his versatility in the batting order as well as his ability to extract bounce off the surface, despite a lack of experience in the format at the highest level.
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Green is an integral part of the Australian setup, particularly in red-ball cricket, where he provides balance to the team. He has a busy schedule in the coming months with Australia’s tour of India and the subsequent IPL season.
According to a report by the Times of India, Cricket Australia has informed the franchises that Green’s workload will need to be monitored during the tournament, especially if he plays in all four Tests during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in February-March.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s CEO and IPL COO, Hemang Amin, sent an email to all 10 franchises on the morning of December 23 stating that Cricket Australia has informed them that Green “will be fully available. However, if he features in all four Test matches of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Green will not be able to bowl for four weeks from the conclusion of the fourth Test scheduled from March 9 to March 13, 2023.”
Before entering his name for the auction, Green was warned about the potential workload issues by his Australian counterparts. It should be noted that Australia has a crucial set of fixtures after the IPL season, including the World Test Championship final and the Ashes series in England. After receiving a bid of INR 17.50 crore, Green became the most expensive Australian acquisition at the IPL auction, breaking Pat Cummins’ record.