England’s centrally contracted players are unlikely to be available for the completion of the Indian Premier League(IPL) wherever and whenever it is rescheduled. After a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in the IPL camp, it was suspended mid-way and all the players returned back.
With BCCI president Sourav Ganguly having accepted the tournament cannot be completed in India this year, various dates and venues have been mooted. Those include the second half of September, before the T20 World Cup, and from mid-November, after it. Now the rescheduling of the tour is clashing with England’s Future Tours Programme (FTP).
English players have an important role in IPL many star players such as Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, and Jos Buttler are the match-winners for their respective teams. Their absence will cost the franchises.
England’s thoughts on IPL 2021:
England men’s director of cricket, Ashley Giles recently shared his thoughts on England’s FTP. The ECB wants their players to play for the country and stick to the FTP. Here is what Giles had to say on the team’s plans later this year-
“We’re planning on the involvement of England players in England matches, We’ve got a full FTP schedule. So if those tours to Pakistan and Bangladesh [in September and October] are going ahead, I’d expect the players to be there.”
He also shared his thoughts on the IPL 2021 which was suspended and will be rescheduled later this year-
“None of us knows what a rearranged IPL looks like at the moment; where it’s going to be or when. But from when we start this summer against New Zealand, our program is incredibly busy.”
The Englishmen are likely to miss the remaining IPL as their schedule seems to very packed with some high-profile tournaments included in their FTP.
“High-profile cricket including the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. And we’re going to have to look after our players.”
England is set to host India in a 5- match test series from June. The Indian Cricket team will soon re-unite to fly to England to play the World test Championship Final and red-ball cricket against the hosts.