Bengaluru, February 15: Australian players Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell are set to miss opening set of IPL matches for their respective franchises - Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils.
The reason: Finch is going to marry longtime girlfriend Amy Griffiths on April 7. Finch has named close friend Maxwell as the master of ceremonies for the wedding.
Daredevils and Kings XI will play their opening match at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, on April 8.
"I saw the fixture this morning - there's no chance I'll be missing my wedding," cricket.com.au quoted Finch as saying.
"That'd be a bit tough leaving Amy at the altar, wouldn't it?" Finch said.
However, Finch will be available for KXIP's second match on April 13.
"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," said the Australian batsman.
Both the Australian players were thankful to their franchise coaches - Brad Hodge (KXIP) and Ricky Ponting (DD) for allowing them to take leave.
"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 to 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 said.
Finch said other Australian players could be taking part in IPL will not miss their opening matches due to his wedding.
"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.