New Delhi: The BCCI announced the fixtures list of the much-awaited eleventh season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday and with the season starting on April 7, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell will miss the opening game of their respective franchises — Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils.
The two teams meet at the Ferozeshah Kotla on April 8 and with Finch tying the knot on April 7, it is impossible for him to arrive for the opener. Maxwell is the MC in the marriage.
Finch, picked by Kings XI Punjab in last month’s auction, has scheduled his wedding with partner Amy Griffiths for April 7. “I saw the fixture this morning – there’s no chance I’ll be missing my wedding,” Finch told reporters in Auckland on Thursday.
“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.”
Finch might not get any high profile teammate at his wedding as they will be busy with the IPL. “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 program Whateley earlier this week, Maxwell revealed the overlap. “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,” said Maxwell, who has since informed Delhi Daredevils coach Ricky Ponting of the clash.
“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.”
Even Australia captain Steve Smith has been in a mess thanks to the international commitments. He got engaged to partner Dani Willis last year.
“We’re looking around September so hopefully he’ll be around,” Willis told cricket.com.au after Smith won the Allan Border Medal on Monday, dryly adding: “It’s kind of important that he attends, I can’t Skype him in for that.”