Vivo IPL 2021: England cricketers are unlikely to feature in the rescheduled Vivo IPL 2021, according to the ECB.
Vivo IPL 2021: Ashley Giles, the director of the England Cricket Board (ECB) in an interview revealed that UK cricketers are very unlikely to feature in the rescheduled Vivo IPL 2021. Giles said they have a busy international schedule. Starting in June, they will be competing with several nations.
IPL Vivo season 14 was suspended midway by the BCCI on May 3 after a few franchises reported cases of covid inside the bio-bubbles. While there is still no clarity on whether to rollover the IPL, if that happens, it will be in two available windows. The first is in September before the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup and the second window is after the World Cup ends at the end of November.
The information shared by Ashley Giles is obvious from the fact that the England players will be busy in their international fixtures in both windows and will not participate in Phase 2 of the IPL.
England are due to tour Pakistan and Bangladesh in September / October ahead of the World Cup and after the T20 World Cup English players will be involved in the Ashes Test marquee series against Australia.
“We plan to involve the English players in the England matches. We have a full FTP schedule. So if these tours to Pakistan and Bangladesh continue, I would expect the players to be there, ”said Giles, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
“None of us know what a revamped IPL looks like at the moment, where it will be, and when. But since the start of the summer against New Zealand, our schedule has been incredibly busy, ”said Giles.
“We have a lot of important and top level cricket including the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. And we’re going to have to take care of our players.
Giles clarified that there is no change in approach to BCCI and IPL as they previously allowed their players to feature fully in the IPL. He mentioned that earlier all NOCs and contracts to IPL players had been awarded before the schedule was announced against New Zealand.
“The New Zealand scenario was very different. These tests were formalized at the end of January, when all these contracts and CNOs (certificates of no objection) were signed for full involvement in the IPL. “
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