Australia’s star batsman Aaron Finch is certain to miss the start of the IPL as his wedding date clashes with Kings XI Punjab’s opener on 8 April. The scheduling of the cash-rich tournament has also put Finch’s Australian teammate, Glenn Maxwell, in a spot.
Finch will be tying the knot with his girlfriend Amy Griffiths on 7 April, the same day when the 11th edition of the IPL starts off.
Preity Zinta co-owned Kings XI Punjab, who bought Finch for Rs 6.2 crore in the IPL mega-auctions, play their opening game against Delhi Daredevils, who paid Rs 9 crore for the services of Maxwell.
“I saw the fixture this morning — there’s no chance I’ll be missing my wedding,” Finch earlier told the reporters.
“That’d be a bit tough leaving Amy at the altar, wouldn’t it? The second game we play is on the 13th, that’ll give me plenty of time to get over there and miss only one game luckily,” Fich added.
Both Finch and Maxwell are hoping that their respective IPL coaches, who happen to be Australians, will understand the situation.
Who will play in place of Aaron Finch for Kings XI Punjab?
KXIP mentor Virender Sehwag has revealed that the West Indies swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle is the most probable candidate to play the first game as Aaron Finch will be unavailable due to his wedding back in Australia.
“Finch is not available for the first game so most likely Gayle will play in his place. So the opening game is not a problem but we have a big headache after that. We will all sit together and take the call. I believe Finch is such a player that he can play anywhere,” Sehwag was quoted as saying during an interview.