English stars could QUIT if not allowed to play in IPL, warns cricket director Ashley Giles … after Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were among those rested on winter tours of Sri Lanka and India before playing in franchise tournaments
- Jos Buttler only played the first Test of the series of four games against India
- Allrounder Ben Stokes did not appear in the second Test against Sri Lanka
- But they are among the 13 English stars chosen by various franchises for IPL 2021
- Ashley Giles believes stars could quit their military service in England if banned from IPL
English stars could stop playing for their country if their path to entry into the Indian Premier League is blocked, Ashley Giles warns.
The Rajasthan Royals duo of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were among a host of English players who rested on their winter tours in Sri Lanka and India.
Wicket-keeper Buttler played only the first test match of the four-game series against Virat Kohli’s side, while all-rounder Stokes was absent from the previous tour in Sri Lanka as part of the controversial halftime and rotation policy.
Ashley Giles has warned that English stars could quit their national duty if excluded from the IPL
Jos Buttler (left) and Ben Stokes (right) rested on recent trips from England to Sri Lanka and India but will soon be starring in Rajasthan Royals
THE PLAYERS OF ENGLAND AT IPL 2021
Chennai Super Kings – Sam Curran, Moeen Ali
Capitals of Delhi – Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Sam Billings
Kolkata Knight Riders – Eoin Morgan
Kings XI Punjab – Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan
Rajasthan Royals – Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer *, Liam Livingstone
Sunrisers Hyderabad – Jonny Bairstow
* depending on suitability
English players competing in the franchise tournament could also miss the two-game test series against New Zealand in June if their sides are involved in the final parts of the competition, including the playoffs, eliminator and final.
But speak for the Tuffers and Vaughan show, ECB director of cricket and former spinner Giles insists that a long-term confrontational policy about their stars’ participation in the tournament would not be beneficial.
“Right now I think our players are thrilled to play for England,” he said.
‘I don’t want that to be a kiss of death. I think we have to understand that it could be a danger in the future.
“We don’t really want to talk to our players about IPL joining in the long run because we might be losing some of our best players.”
Giles also added that English players had signed contracts with their respective franchises guaranteeing their full availability for this year’s tournament before the series against Kane Williamson’s men was announced.
“That window was clear to anyone who got into the later stages of IPL to play in the whole league,” said Giles.
‘That’s how their contracts came about. We do not believe it is appropriate to renounce that agreement. ‘
This year’s IPL kicks off on April 9, before the playoffs begin on May 25, which precedes the final on May 30.
The first of England’s two Test matches against New Zealand No. 2 starts just three days later, on June 2, at Lord’s.
The IPL final comes just three days before England’s first test against New Zealand
No less than 13 England players have been selected by six of the eight IPL franchises, with Rajasthan having the largest contingent with Jofra Archer and Liam Livingstone being picked up alongside Buttler and Stokes.
However, 25-year-old fast bowler Archer could lose his £ 800,000 deal after undergoing surgery for a deep cut on his right hand earlier this week.
Reports suggested that Archer got the cut after dropping an aquarium in the tub near his house in January – just before the tour of India – while trying to clean it.
The fast has already been ruled out in the first half of the IPL, and now England will decide this week whether he will participate at all.
Jofra Archer’s participation in the IPL is questionable after undergoing surgery on a deep cut