IPL 2021 – County cut-off for IPL replacements denied Reece Topley Chennai Super Kings chance


IPL franchises had enquired about Topley but change to rules meant he had to stay with Surrey

A new cut-off date for county players to sign IPL contracts stopped Reece Topley becoming a late injury replacement in this year’s competition.

In 2018, county coaches and directors of cricket called a crisis meeting at Edgbaston after Liam Plunkett, David Willey and Tom Curran became last-minute injury replacements for franchises. Their involvement ruled them out of the start of the County Championship season and prompted Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, to call for the competition to be “future-proofed” via a cut-off date, after which county players would be unable to sign deals to be replacement players.

ESPNcricinfo understands that a cut-off date of February 28 – 10 days after the auction – was agreed for this season, with a similar arrangement likely to follow in future years. The date applied to players who draw their primary salary from their county rather than from the ECB, meaning Jason Roy – who has a white-ball central contract – was able to join Sunrisers Hyderabad in March as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh.