We are less than a week away from IPL 2017. The tenth edition of the tournament is all set to entertain and enthral us all once again. But while the tournament will feature some new additions in the form of a few England stars and some old stars returning, there will be a few who won't be taking part in the tournament.
Injuries, personal reasons and needing some time off are just some of the reasons why some international stars won't be taking part in IPL 2017. The two-month long tournament is certainly not the place you want to be if you are carrying an injury and not right mentally, so one can certainly understand the thought process behind these players' decisions.
Here are five players who won't be taking part in IPL 2017:
Before the IPL Auction 2017, Kevin Pietersen made the surprising decision to announce that he won't be taking part in IPL 2017 as a player. Having spent the winter away from his family, he added that he didn't want to spend the summer too. But he announced that he will take part in the tournament as a commentator.
Pietersen had a great start to IPL 2016 before his tournament was cut short due to injury. He was then released by Rising Pune Supergiant and his impressive performances in the BBL for Melbourne Stars had many thinking of securing his signature but the England international broke the bad news on Twitter.
Given the amount of time that cricketers spend away from their families, it is not surprising to see a few pick family over the game, especially when you get to pick and choose where you play and for whom. But the charismatic character will surely add another dimension to the commentary box, where you can catch him during IPL 2017.
Quinton de Kock
One of Delhi Daredevils' star performers in IPL 2016 was Quinton de Kock. But the 24-year-old South African wicketkeeper will play no part in IPL 2017 due to a finger injury which needs to be nursed ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy which will take place soon after the conclusion of the IPL, in England.
South Africa's team manager, Mohammed Moosajee said that de Kock needed at least four to six weeks of recovery. Although he played in the final Test against New Zealand, the nature of his injury has meant that he has had to sit out of IPL 2017.
Moosajee said: "Being a wicketkeeper, every time he catches the ball, the stress goes onto that area. The risk is that if he doesn't have that four to six weeks rest, and he further aggravates it, it could jeopardize his participation in the Champions Trophy."
In this case, at least, country and the major tournament coming up in a couple of months has taken precedence over IPL.
Even before he injured himself during the India-Australia Test series, Mitchell Starc announced that he won't be taking part in IPL 2017 as he ended his association with Royal Challengers Bangalore in a bid to get back to full fitness ahead of the Champions Trophy in June.
The Australian fast bowler has had his issues with fitness in the past and he missed IPL 2016 and the first half of the 2016 season with injury, so it wasn't especially surprising to see him choosing playing in the Champions Trophy for Australia in peak fitness over the IPL.
As he admitted himself, it was "in my best interests, both physically and mentally, for me to have a break, spend time with my family and take the opportunity to work on getting back to full fitness."
The good thing for RCB was the fact that the information was given to them ahead of the IPL Auction 2017 and they had the opportunity to get in Tymal Mills as his replacement for the tenth edition of the tournament.
Following his shoulder injury during the Bengaluru Test, Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of the rest of the series. Having suffered a shoulder problem throughout the season, it was no surprise to see that the injury ruled him out of IPL 2017 as well.
Speaking about his injury at the time, Australian physiotherapist David Beakley said, “Mitchell has been playing with a shoulder injury for most of the summer, which we have been managing up until now, but unfortunately it has progressively deteriorated to a point where he is unable to function at the level required."
Marsh’s shoulder injury meant Rising Pune Supergiant were robbed of the Australian all-rounder's services for IPL 2017 but they swiftly ensured that they snapped up a replacement in Imran Tahir to add more bite to their bowling attack.
Delhi Daredevils might have a strong foreign contingent but their depth will be tested as they lost two crucial stars ahead of IPL 2017. While Quinton de Kock decided to forego the IPL due to a finger injury, his compatriot JP Duminy pulled out due to personal reasons.
In the all-rounders department, Daredevils are well stocked with the likes of Corey Anderson, Chris Morris, Angelo Mathews and Carlos Brathwaite all in the squad. But a player of Duminy's quality and the experience that he brings will surely be missed.
Speaking about his decision, the South African all-rounder was keen to reiterate his wish to play for the franchise once again. Duminy said: "It has been a very difficult decision for me to make, but it was for purely personal reasons. I am grateful for the support and understanding from the franchise. It has been an absolute privilege to have played for and led a talented mix of players. I certainly hope to play a part for the franchise in the near future."