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We are going to give some guys a break, but not for IPL: Ashley Giles

May 28, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Ashley Giles, director of ECB, has clearly stated that IPL contracted England players will not be a part of the remaining tournament. The English board has put its foot down because of the forthcoming series against Pakistan and Bangladesh in October and November. According to the FTP, the Joe Root-led side is supposed to tour Bangladesh after the conclusion of the five-Test series against India. Considering the Ashes and the T20 World Cup in mind, the ECB is anticipated to rest some of their key players.

England has a full schedule, including Pakistan and wherever the T20 World Cup is: Ashley Giles

However, Ashley Giles has made it clear that just because the players have been given a break, it doesn't mean they can play cricket elsewhere. The former left-arm spinner also talked about whether the ECB had received any request from the Indian cricket board to alter the five-Test series between India and England starting August 4 in order to fit in the IPL. A few days back, there were several rumors that the BCCI had asked the ECB to trim the five-Test series to four or to possibly postpone the series. However, Ashley Giles disclosed that he has no knowledge of any such thing happening.

IPL 2021 commenced in April in India but had to be suspended and postponed indefinitely on May 4. Overall, 29 games were conducted in the 14th season of the Indian Premier League. Thus, with 31 games remaining, the BCCI will need a small window of around three weeks to complete the tournament. BCCI CEO Hemang Amin has also reckoned that the cricket board will keep UAE as the preferred venue. However, they will consider the pros and cons that organizers would face if they are conducting the T20 league outside the country.

Conducting the competition in September will mean Indian players get some white-ball practice before the T20 World Cup. The T20 World Cup is most likely to take place from October 18 to November 15. A final decision on the IPL venue is anticipated to be made in a few weeks. This means the Indian cricket board will have less than a month to wrap up the 14th IPL season. This also includes quarantine requirements and bio-bubble restrictions.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth