England players could make a surprise return to the IPL in September as their Bangladesh tour has been postponed to 2023 due to ‘crowded schedules’
- England would play three ODIs and three T20s against Bangladesh
- But it has been delayed due to overcrowded schedules and bubble life demands
- The schedule is open to players from England to participate in the IPL
- The IPL will resume in the UAE in September after it was halted due to Covid
England’s white-ball tour of Bangladesh has been rescheduled for March 2023, the England and Wales cricket board has announced.
The men’s team tour was set to take place in September and October this year, featuring three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s, but has been shelved due to overcrowded schedules and ongoing Covid-19 demands.
That trip has now been moved to the first two weeks of March 2023, with matches in Dhaka and Chattogram.
England and Bangladesh last played each other at the 2019 World Cup, which England won
A statement from the ECB on Tuesday morning confirmed that the decision was made in concert with the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
Both sides are dealing with overcrowded calendars, and the need for teams to stay in restrictive bubbles or enclosed environments has only increased the pressure on international tours.
However, there is a secondary impact regarding the Indian Premier League. The lucrative T20 tournament was halted earlier this year and will resume in September in the United Arab Emirates.
England’s players would have to miss the competition due to the trip to Bangladesh, but will now have a better chance at their franchises with an opening that emerges.
The ECB will begin talks over availability with its Indian counterparts, but – as it stands – the IPL play-off and final would still be banned due to a clash with England’s planned T20 series in Pakistan.
England are currently preparing for the first Test against India at Trent Bridge, which starts on Wednesday.
The teams are set for a series of five tests, including matches at Lord’s, Headingley and the Oval, before concluding with a clash at Old Trafford from 10 September.
Delayed tour allows Jos Buttler to join the Rajasthan Royals in September