All things in place for England IPL players



All things in place for England IPL players

All things in place for England IPL players

24 March 2022  Authorbet365baji

Overseas cricketers have played a significant part in shaping the Indian Premier League over the years. Foreign players like Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, and Lasith Malinga have attracted fans and amused them with their achievements. This IPL season, let's explore the availability of overseas English players, with one cricket board after another finding room in their national team's schedule to facilitate the prestigious T20 league.

In the inaugural IPL in 2008, Dimitri Mascarenhas was the sole England player. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had failed to reach an agreement on the release of marquee English players for the IPL. For its own T20 competition, the ECB wanted equal access to Indian talent. Mascarenhas was able to obtain a deal since he wasn't under contract with the ECB, and his county, Hampshire. He consented to a limited participation plan that took "into account the realities of the situation," according to chairman Rod Bransgrove. It would take a long time for the ECB to realise that the situation had irreversibly changed.

While some of the best players in the world travelled to India, England welcomed New Zealand for a three-match Test series, two of which occurred concurrently with the IPL in May 2008. At the same time, Australia embarked on a Test tour of the West Indies, which coincided with the IPL.

In the 2008 IPL, Mascarenhas only appeared in one match for the Rajasthan Royals. In the IPL 2022 auction, 11 England players were purchased by franchises, with two remaining. Some in England continue to blame the IPL for England's latest Ashes disaster, and Ben Stokes has decided to boycott the auction in order to focus on his red-ball skills. However, putting such rare individual decisions aside, England's white-ball captain Eoin Morgan admitted in 2020 that they are utilising the IPL as a platform to develop and nurture players.

England's case is particularly pertinent because, like the West Indies', their cricket season overlaps with the IPL, and unlike the West Indies, they have had the authority to keep some of their major players away from the high-profile league. Even the once-dominant ECB has had to yield.

England, for example, has nothing planned for April and May this year. Their Test series against the West Indies concludes on March 28, just two days before the IPL begins. The IPL concludes on May 29, and their next assignment is a home Test series against New Zealand, which begins on June 2. Jonny Bairstow is the only IPL 2022 player who is a member of England's Test team in the West Indies. He is expected to miss Punjab Kings' opening three matches.