No England Players
While on the topic of boards taking a stand (or the lack of), the England Cricket Board (ECB) has already announced that they will not be freeing any of their international players for the second part of IPL this year.
“If we go from the end of the fifth Test in September, we are set to leave for Bangladesh on September 19 or 20. We have a full schedule right through including Pakistan and wherever the T20 World Cup is,” England director Ashley Giles said.
“We are going to have to give some of these guys a break at some point. But the intention of giving guys a break for, say, Bangladesh, wouldn’t be for them to go and play cricket elsewhere. We have to manage our schedule now, so we get our guys arriving in the best shape possible for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.”
Without English participation, IPL will miss some of the biggest names including KKR Captain Eoin Morgan, Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Johnny Bairstow.
Not just England, Australia are slated to play Sri Lanka in the weeks before the T20 World Cup while New Zealand are scheduled to play Pakistan, according to the ICC’s FTP.
While the choice for England players has been made by their board already, it would be highly unlikely that internationals like David Warner, Pat Cummins, Kane Williamson will be allowed to miss international cricket to play the IPL.
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