Finch wasn’t picked by any of the eight franchises at the auction

With strict protocols for COVID-19 which saw as many as 292 players under the hammer, IPL 2021 auction was a huge success but some big stars went unsold including the Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch while only a handful of them got picked by the eight franchises.

“It would have been nice to be playing again. It’s a wonderful competition to be a part of but it wasn’t unexpected that I wasn’t picked up, to be honest. I’d prefer to be playing cricket, but a little bit of time at home won’t be the worst thing.” Finch said at Cricket Australia, in answer to his IPL snub.

In the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020/21 edition for the Melbourne Renegades, the T20I batsman Finch, ranked No. 3, was not at his normal best of late and also underperformed. While he also struggled to score high in IPL 2020 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) — ending with 268 runs at 22.33 with a single half-century — this also contributed to none of the other franchises vying at the auction table for the swashbuckling right-hander.

Finch’s former captain Michael Clarke revealed that he was saddened by Finch’s snub, and now blasted the 34-year-old for his use of words in the IPL for non-selection.

Clarke said on the Big Sports Breakfast, “Well, like I said the other day, no IPL franchise; I can’t believe he come out and said, ‘oh yeah, I expected this to be the case,” he added, “You’re the Australian captain in that format, you should be expecting that every team wants you. And you’re allowed to have a bad series, like, even his BBL, if he’s got that attitude where he believes he’s as good as player as he is, then he says, ‘you know what, I’ve had a bad BBL but all that means is with every less score I’m due for a big one, I’m due for a big one, I’m due for a big one.’ Not, ‘I expected no-one to pick me up’.”