Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has estimated that if England players come together and stand up, they could play in the rescheduled 2021 IPL. It comes after ECB Managing Director Ashley Giles hinted that three Lion players may not be available for the remainder of this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) if it is postponed.
In an emergency meeting, the Governing Board (GC) and IPL Control Board for Cricket India (BCCI) unanimously decided to postpone the IPL 2021 season last week due to of COVID-19 crawling in the bio-bubbles of the franchise and infecting several players, coaches. and support staff.
BCCI is considering another window in September to host the remainder of the remaining 31 matches of the IPL 2021. However, it has been hinted that the tournament may not take place in India, but in the United Arab Emirates or elsewhere, even some. The counties of England have offered to host the 2021 IPL tournament.
If they stick together they will play IPL – Kevin Pietersen
Earlier this year the ECB was criticized for spinning its players in the test series against India and many former cricketers felt the board allowed its players to play in the IPL while ignoring international cricket. Additionally, any reprogramming of IPL 2021 in September will conflict with England’s Future Tours Program (FTP).
“We have a full FTP schedule. So if these tours in Pakistan and Bangladesh [in September and October] going forward, I would expect the players to be there. The New Zealand scenario was very different. These match tests were formalized at the end of January, the date on which all these contracts and NOCs [no objection certificates] were signed for full involvement in the IPL, ” ESPNCricinfo had quoted Giles as saying.
Giles said England’s summer schedule is “incredibly busy” and management wants to take care of their players.
However, Kevin Pietersen recalled his own example when he signed to play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2009, questions were raised about his commitment to play for England, and said when he did faced the ECB, he was on his own, but now if the players band together they can play IPL, given their stock in the richest T20 league in the world.
“It will be very interesting to see how the ECB deals with this problem by not allowing its best players to play IPL if it is postponed. When I faced ENG, I was alone. This time, they are all their best players! If they stick together, they’ll play IPL, ” Kevin Pietersen tweeted.
It will be very interesting to see how the ECB deals with this problem by not allowing its best players to play IPL, if it is postponed.
When I faced ENG, I was alone.
This time, they are all their best branded players!
If they stick together, they will play IPL!
– Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@ KP24) May 12, 2021