The English team has suffered a humiliating defeat in the ongoing Ashes series. England managed to draw the fourth Test to avoid a whitewash but the dream to win a Test match in Australia is still intact. England last won the Ashes in Australia back in 2010-11 by 3-1 margin and it was the last time that the English team defeated the Aussies in their home.
According to a report published in mirror.co.uk, the England cricketers might not take place in the Indian T20 League because of the below-par performance in the Ashes. ECB director of cricket Ashley Giles is going to prepare a detailed report in which he is likely to mention that the players should focus on domestic cricket and stop taking part in foreign T20 competitions like Indian T20 League.
The Indian board has introduced two new teams in the Indian T20 League which will allow it to stretch a little for a longer time. Previously, the tournament used to get completed in two months. This year, the tournament is likely to clash with the England team’s schedule. The knockout games might take place at the same time when England will host New Zealand in June. last year, ECB allowed its main players to play IPL and skip New Zealand series. This might not be the case this time around.
The auction for the upcoming edition is going to take place in February and several English players are expected to throw their names in the auction ring. Two English players, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali have already been retained by their respective franchises. Ali has retired from Test cricket and his participation might not get affected but Buttler plays for the English team in all three formats.
It has also been reported that the English players might not play for the entire season of the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league. They might leave the tournament early to prepare for the series against New Zealand and play some domestic games.