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Australia opener Aaron Finch and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will miss the opening match their respective franchises play in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
Finch was initially told that the tournament was set to begin on April 15, and he subsequently scheduled his wedding with partner Amy Griffiths on April 7, which is the day the IPL actually gets underway.
As for Maxwell, he was asked by Finch to MC at the ceremony.
Finch was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for INR 6.2 crores, while Maxwell was purchased by the Delhi Daredevils for INR 9 crores.
As a result of Finch’s wedding, both he and Maxwell will be unavailable when the Kings XI go up against the Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi on April 8.
“I saw the fixture this morning – there’s no chance I’ll be missing my wedding,” Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “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.
“Having one of my good mates ‘Hodgey’ as coach … he knows about it now. I did wait a bit longer to send him the invite before the auction.
“It’s just a case of missing one game but hopefully playing with Kings over a three-year period, it’s not the end of the world.”
However, Finch doesn’t expect any of the other Australian players to miss the start of the tournament.
“Guys like Davey (Warner) and that, they’ve got a job to do for their franchises so I’m sure they’ll be in India,” he said.
Speaking on SEN radio earlier this week, Maxwell revealed how Finch’s wedding would clash with the competition.
“This is an interesting one and I haven’t told anyone this before, not even Punter – we’ve got Aaron Finch’s wedding on April 7,” Maxwell had said. “They said the IPL was going to start on the April 15th – he thought the dates were set but we found out about three months ago it was going to start on the eighth.”