England head coach Chris Silverwood said on Friday he would hand over the reins to the international team for a day this summer to ensure he gets a break from a crowded year.
Silverwood will miss England’s ODI home games against Sri Lanka and Pakistan from late June to mid-July, with assistants Paul Collingwood and Graham Thorpe taking charge of the squad for a series apiece. Having been on tours from England to Sri Lanka and India earlier this year, Silverwood said it was important to keep the backstage staff “as fresh as possible”.
“ Not fair to the players ”
“It’s not fair to the players if I am operating under 100 percent and neither is it fair to me,” Silverwood told British media.
“Thorpey will do one and Colly will do the other and I will use it as a break to cool off and prepare for what lies ahead.”
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England have already adopted a policy of rest and rotation for their players to tackle an endlessly busy schedule. After hosting seven tests as well as the 12 white ball internationals, England are due to visit Pakistan and Bangladesh ahead of the T20 World Cup scheduled for October.
Joe Root’s Test team then faces a Down Under for the Ashes trip against Australia, followed by a tour of the Caribbean early next year.
Silverwood is not yet sure if he will take a break during this time.
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“I’m not going to deny – it’s not easy for me,” he said, quitting his job. “Obviously, I totally agree with what we’re doing. I’m very integrated into it now. I have a hard time switching off but I will do my best.
England are expected to nominate their test team for the series against top-ranked New Zealand early next week.
Ashley Giles, the general manager of English men’s cricket, has previously suggested that players who have participated in the successful Indian Premier League COVID-19 are unlikely to appear in the Test series, which begins on June 2.
IPL England players could miss NZ tests
England are expected to rest their 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) players for the test run against New Zealand to give cricketers a break. According to a report in BBC, English players who participated in the 2021 IPL before the tournament was postponed will not be hastily selected for the test series.
Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow have all played at least one game in the postponed IPL and are now in compulsory isolation for 10 days after returning to the UK. BBC reported that the quarantine period is about to end this weekend and the IPL contingent in England is unlikely to be rushed back for the series of tests. “What we do know and what isn’t going to change is that given the weight of cricket, given the Ashes series, and we don’t know under what conditions it’s going to be played in terms of an environment Covid, we’re going to need a bigger group of players. We can also pick against New Zealand to watch some new faces, ” ESPNcricinfo quoted Giles as saying.
– ANI report