A dismal performance from the England national team in the ongoing Ashes series against Australia, has now put England players’ participation in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 edition under big question mark.
After completion of 4 matches of the 5 match Test series against arch-rival Australia, England team has not won a match, while Australia won 3 straight matches to win the series, with no competition at all from England’s end.
As a result of which, sources from England suggests that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is not happy with the players’performance and blaming as a reason and might restrict its players from participating in the IPL 2022.
According to well known English news publication, Mirror.co.uk, ECB’s managing director Ashley Giles is preparing a report which will include recommendation to improve the Test team’s performance.
And one of the recommendation could be to restrict English players’ participation in the IPL to just the first few weeks, and then would return to their domestic setup.
Indian Premier League normally is played between March or April till May, however, this time, the story could be different, with two new teams joining, the tournament is set to expand, and might go on till June mid.
And that would mean that England national team’s schedule will collide with the IPL’s schedule. New Zealand cricket team is scheduled to visit England in June this year.
As before IPL 2022 Mega Auction, only two English players have been retained, Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler, but quite a number of England Test team players are likely to be part of the IPL Auction to be held next month.
The report further states that ECB is in wary of a potential backlash with the players as they could be missing on bumper pay if their participation is cut short. While former English players have always been critical about England players’ participation in the IPL.