The England and Wales Cricket Board (BCE) is unlikely to release its players for the remainder of the 2021 IPL – which will be held in the UAE in September. England cricket manager Ashley Giles said on Thursday the ECB would not change their home schedule for any reason.
Speaking to scribes, Giles also said that there had not yet been any formal requests from the BCCI regarding changes to the next round of testing between India and England, so that a window could be open to complete the IPL.
“I am not aware of anything official, of requests to change anything. As far as we are concerned and what we are prepared for, the matches will be where they are,” said Giles.
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“I’m not surprised that there is all kinds of speculation. Everyone wants to bring their cricket in. But we haven’t gotten anything official and we’re cracking up,” he said.
“We have a full schedule. If we start from the end of the fifth test in September, we are ready to leave for Bangladesh on September 19 or 20. We have a full schedule, including Pakistan and wherever the T20 World Cup is, ”Giles said.
“We’re going to have to give some of these guys a break at some point. But the intention to give the guys a break, for example, for Bangladesh, wouldn’t be for them to go and play cricket elsewhere. We have to. manage our schedule now, so that our guys arrive in the best shape possible for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. “