IPL 2022: Pat Cummins joins KKR camp, to undergo quarantine for three days

Cummins will be available from April 6.

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Pat Cummins. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

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Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins has joined his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He will now undergo three days of quarantine before joining the rest of his teammates for a net session. Moreover, he can only be available from April 6 with Australia’s tour of Pakistan concluding a day before. Australia’s contracted players are not allowed to play in any leagues when the national team is playing.

Coming back to Cummins, the pacer was bought by KKR at the mega auction for INR 7.25 crore. He was released ahead of the auction by the franchise but they managed to buy him back at half the price when he played in the 2020 and 2021 editions. In the IPL auction 2020, KKR had splashed a whopping INR 15.50 crore for Cummins and the pacer fared decently.

Pat Cummins is not part of the limited-overs series against Pakistan. But he couldn’t have played in the IPL as well due to contractual obligation. Hence, after winning the Test series, he went back home to be with his family for a few days and also attended Shane Warne’s State Memorial Service at the MCG on March 30.

It’s great to be back, says Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins was ecstatic after joining the KKR camp in the bio-bubble and is looking forward to meeting his teammates soon. He is also excited to work with the head coach Brendon McCullum again for the rest of the season. The Aussie had pulled out of the second phase of IPL 2021 and will now be looking to make an impact for the franchise.

“It’s great to be back! It is going to be interesting, keen to be around Baz and the rest of the team and chat about the last year or two. I still feel very much the same. I think this is my fifth year with KKR, so can’t wait to see everyone,” he said in a video posted by KKR on Twitter.