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Australia senior assistant coach Andrew McDonald allowed to skip England tour to fulfill IPL commitment

  • Press Trust of India
  • August 14th, 2020
  • 16:58:20 IST

Australia's senior assistant coach Andrew McDonald will miss next month's tour of England owing to a pre-existing commitment with his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR), the country's cricket board said on Friday.

"Australian men's team Senior Assistant Coach Andrew McDonald will not travel with the squad to the UK to fulfill a pre-existing commitment as Head Coach of the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League," Cricket Australia said in a statement.

The former Australia all-rounder had replaced Paddy Upton as the head coach of Rajasthan Royals last year.

File image of Australia senior assistant coach Andrew McDonald. Reuters

File image of Australia men's senior assistant coach Andrew McDonald. Reuters

Australia are scheduled to travel to England to play three T20 Internationals and as many ODIs from 4-16 September.

The 13th edition of IPL is set to take place in the UAE from 19 September to 10 November after it was shifted out of India due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Royals are expected to fly to the UAE after 20 August.

The 39-year-old will resume his duties with the Australian men's team after the conclusion of the IPL.

Several players from England and Australia, including top draws like David Warner, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Steve Smith and Pat Cummins are likely to miss the first week of IPL as the tournament's SOP requires six days of quarantine on arrival in the UAE.

Updated Date: August 14, 2020 16:58:20 IST

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