The huge financial windfall that comes with an IPL contract cannot be ignored, admitted Jos Buttler as the England cricketer claimed on Tuesday that the ECB had never given him the option of skipping the popular T20 League to be available for the test series against New Zealand. .
Buttler has been in the eye of the storm to return home after the first test against India. He is now back home for three months to compete in the White Ball Series and will stay until the end of the Rajasthan Royals’ IPL campaign.
British media grilled Buttler on players who likely skipped the test run against New Zealand from June 2 if their franchises made it to the play-offs from last week in May.
“No, nothing like that (we discussed it with me) and I don’t know about the other players. I think an agreement to participate in the IPL was in place long before the New Zealand test series was announced, ”Buttler said at a press conference.
However, like Sam Curran, even Buttler agreed that some players could skip New Zealand tests if their teams go the distance in IPL.
“It could potentially (mean),” Buttler admitted as he missed the first series at home this summer.
“… ..But NZ tests were added later and there will always be a few that would miss England games. You don’t know how far players will go in the tournament and miss matches (for England). “
The white ball player has made no secret that money is a big deal when it comes to making a decision between club and country.
“We all know the benefits of IPL. It’s a huge tournament and the monetary rewards are obvious as well as the experience you gain and that has its perks as well. And that’s evident in the resumption of white ball play in England, the number of players participating in it and how beneficial it is for all of us, ”he said.
“Of course the timing is tough and there is no perfect balance and the ECB and the players are working closely together to try to manage that.”
“Is there a perfect answer? No, at the time we are operating now, ”he added.
There are 12 English players, some with million dollar contracts, playing in the IPL. Players include Buttler himself, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer for Rajasthan Royals, Moeen Ali and Sam Curran for CSK, Tom Curran for DC and Dawid Malan for Kings XI Punjab.
“IPL is good for a lot of people with the money it entails. It’s the biggest cricket tournament in terms of money and careers can be short, but we know playing for England can be a huge draw and we get a lot of money playing for England ” , did he declare.
He understands that the English cricket establishment is a divided house when it comes to IPL, with people forming “their own opinions one way or the other”.
“It is also a great feather for the English team that 12 players are in demand in the biggest tournament in the world,” he said in his defense.
He also explained how this year’s IPL will help England players when they return in October for the T20 World Cup.
“Clear benefits of improving the player, the skills you learn, especially this year playing IPL in India where the T20 world will be played.”