England coach Chris Silverwood admitted on Wednesday that it is “very difficult” to tell players “not to play IPL” even as his team’s highly controversial rotation policy in test matches has been hurt after his humiliating 317 point loss to India in second. Test.
The England and Wales Cricket Council had decided that all multi-format players, especially those of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, would be shot on the twin tour of Sri Lanka and India.
“It is very hard to tell players that no you cannot play IPL. You cannot say no if you only see the numbers. IPL is a marquee event in the T20 world. and so it’s very difficult, “Silverwood said at a press conference where he was cornered on the issue of the IPL gaining more priority over the tryouts.
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Stokes and Jofra Archer did not come to Sri Lanka while Buttler and Ali returned home after the first and second test respectively. Now Bairstow and Mark Wood have joined the squad while Archer could come home on a white leg with Buttler joining.
When specifically asked if playing IPL has become a priority, as many of these players have chosen not to compete in the Big Bash League in Australia but are now skipping test matches as part of the policy of rotation, he said: “I don’t think that’s a problem. because the players are playing top-level T20 cricket, which can only really benefit us. Going forward, it benefits the player. Obviously the players make up their own minds about which competitions (BBL, CPL, IPL) they participate in but we are enjoying their game. “Silverwood, a fast bowler during his playing days admitted he had made” peace. with him”.
“I’m totally at peace with that. Just to repeat the cricket test at least remains the priority for me.” While Stokes, Archer, Chris Woakes have all been picked up by their franchises, the likes of Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan and 15 others will come under a hammer.
Is it sad that there are discussions that players might miss New Zealand test matches in order to meet the IPL knockout commitments? “One of the things I feel is that it gives people opportunities. It’s exciting for me to see people making debuts, to see people doing well. Like I said, I see the exciting side of it. ”
So will he pray that Mark Wood or Moeen Ali doesn’t get an IPL auction tomorrow? “No, I want them to do well, support the decision they really make. If they are chosen it will be brilliant and I can only wish that they do well, that they know the conditions and that they are improving as players, ”he said.
The rotation policy has been criticized especially as people skip test matches for T20s, especially multi-format men who have big IPL contracts.
Silverwood blamed the length of time in the bio-bubble that could demotivate any player unable to meet their family.
“The length of the test series means families cannot come to us. So people can join their families. Playing T20 in India with a full team gives us a fantastic opportunity to learn as a group and take advantage of it, ”he said, keeping the World T20 in mind.
Silverwood apologizes for Moeen Ali’s blunder: On Wednesday it was Silverwood’s turn to apologize to Moeen Ali for comments from skipper Joe Root that the player had decided to go home alone when clearly stated that the decision was collective through team management.
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“We’re sorry. The decision for him to go home was ours. It was with Buttler, Sam, Bairstow and Moeen,” Silverwood said.
“It was a unique situation with Moeen (he was in quarantine after returning with COVID-19 positive) because he had been in the bubble for a long time.
“Back in the Sri Lanka squad. We are working closely with our players and trying to give them the best opportunities. In the end, we felt it was the right decision for him to come home. ” So how did Moeen react? “He was fine. Joe and I spoke to him last night and he was fine. He understands that we have his best interests at heart and we will try to take care of him like we take care of all of our players.