IPL 2020: From Raina to Malinga - Top players who have pulled out of the tournament

Even before the start of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, some of the biggest of names have pulled out of the tournament due to different reasons. While stalwarts like Suresh Raina, Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh will not be seen in the lucrative tournament, the likes of Jason Roy, Chris Woakes and Harry Gurney have also given IPL 2020 a skip. Here's the entire list of players, who have pulled out of IPL 2020 so far.

Suresh Raina 'balcony' row

Chennai Super Kings owner and former BCCI president N Srinivasan reacted to veteran batsman Suresh Raina pulling out of IPL 2020 as he said that the southpaw will regret his decision of heading back to India and would want to come back in some point of time apart from the hefty INR 11 crore per season of his salary.

Entire CSK fan base was left shocked when the Super Kings announced that Raina will miss IPL 2020 due to ‘personal reasons’. While speculation was rife that positive cases in the CSK contingent played a role in Raina pulling his name out of IPL 2020, the report in Outlook which had comments from Srinivasan as well, stated that Raina was unhappy with his hotel room and wanted a similar room which was allotted to MS Dhoni. Apparently, a room without balconies made Raina ‘claustrophobic’ in the strict bio-secure environment.

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Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh opted out of IPL 2020 before even leaving for the UAE. Harbhajan cited personal reasons behind his decision and has already announced that he will skip the entire tournament, which is set to start from September 19.

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Harry Gurney

Harry Gurney was ruled out of IPL 2020 due to a shoulder injury. Gurney would require a surgery and will miss the entire tournament. He could be a vital miss for KKR as his slower deliveries could have been deadly on slow UAE pitches. Kolkata Knight Riders are yet to announce a replacement for the English pacer.

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Lasith Malinga

Arguably the greatest T20 bowler, Lasith Malinga will miss IPL 2020 due to personal reasons. Reportedly, Malinga's father is unwell and the veteran pacer wants to be with his family. Mumbai Indians have named James Pattinson as his replacement. 

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Kane Richardson

Australian pacer Kane Richardson opted out of IPL 2020 as his wife is expecting their first child to be born during the lucrative T20 tournament. Richardson was sold to the Bangalore outfit for $533,333 in the IPL auction in December.

 

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Jason Roy

Jason Roy pulled out of IPL 2020 as he wanted to work on his fitness and take this time to come as a better player. Roy was bought by Delhi Capitals but has been struggling due to a side strain after the restart. 

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Chris Woakes

Chris Woakes also pulled out of IPL 2020 after being bought by Delhi Capitals. While it is still unknown why the English all-rounder opted out of IPL but DC have replaced him with South African speedster Anrich Nortje.

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