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Kings XI Punjab’s Aaron Finch chooses wedding over IPL 2018 opener alongside Glenn Maxwell

Aaron Finch, who was snapped up by Kings XI Punjab for the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), will miss his team’s opening game as he is set to get married on April 7. The Australian opener has chosen Glenn Maxwell to MC the event.

cricket Updated: Feb 15, 2018 21:45 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Aaron Finch will miss Kings XI Punjab’s opening game of the 2018 IPL, as he is set to get married on April 7. (Twitter )

Mumbai The increasing volume of cricket is not only taking a toll on the mind and body of cricketers, but is also making it tough for them to find time for personal affairs including marriage.

Faced with a similar conundrum, Australian cricketer Aaron Finch has chosen to go ahead with his marriage the same day the Indian Premier League (IPL) starts in Mumbai (April 7). Finch, who is part of Kings XI Punjab, is now set to miss the first match of his team against Delhi Daredevils on April 8.

Notably, Delhi Daredevils will also have to do away with the services of their newly inducted Australian member Glenn Maxwell -- who will be playing the role of an MC (Master of Ceremonies) at his mate Finch’s wedding.

Finch, though, admitted that he was not aware of the IPL’s new schedule as he was told earlier that the annual T20 extravaganza would start on April 15. He had planned his wedding on April 7, therefore.

“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 ahead of Australia’s T20 International clash against New Zealand.

“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.

Maxwell too gave the similar version saying he was not aware of the new schedule.

“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,” he said.

Finch is not alone when it comes to finding a wedding date that does not clash with the packed international schedule. A few days ago, Australian team captain Steve Smith and his fiancé Dani Willis announced that they would be looking to tie the knot in September this year. Willis, though, was concerned about Smith turning up for it amidst his busy cricketing schedule.

“We’re looking around September so hopefully he’ll be around,” Willis said while speaking to cricket.com.au after Smith won his second Allan Border Medal on Monday.

“It’s kind of important that he attends, I can’t Skype him in for that,” she added.

FAMILY FIRST FOR BAILEY

Meanwhile, former Australia limited-overs captain George Bailey has decided to give up his plans of playing cricket altogether this season to be with his wife Katie, who is due to give birth to the couple’s second child at the end of April.

Bailey, who had earlier declined to put his name forward for the IPL auction, announced that he would not be returning to play for Hampshire in English country season as part of his two-year deal.

“I reckon there would have been a time where I would have chosen cricket over family.

“But now it’s not even a decision, really. I love spending time with my family and I think it’s had a really positive impact on my cricket,” the 35-year-old said.

First Published: Feb 15, 2018 14:02 IST