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We may lose some of our best players if they are excluded from IPL: Ashley Giles

March 31, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Ashley Giles feels that going toe-to-toe with English cricketers over participation in the IPL could backlash for England. With the T20 World Cup set to take place later this year in India, the ECB has allowed the English cricketers to stay with their respective franchises even though the IPL playoffs will conflict with the Test series against New Zealand in early June.

The BCCI will be hosting the 14th edition of the IPL from April 9 to May 30. The mega event will be held across six venues, namely Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, and Kolkata. 13 English cricketers will be participating in the IPL this season.

Afraid that many players can quit playing for the country if they are not permitted to play in the IPL: Giles

The ECB planned a two-match Test series against New Zealand just after the conclusion of IPL 2021. The series is expected to start on June 2, at the iconic Lord's cricket stadium in London. Owing to the strict rules, the cricketers will have to serve a quarantine period before participating in the games. Thus, the English cricketers whose IPL teams will qualify for the second stage of the league will have to miss the series against New Zealand. Ashley Giles stated that the cricket board will have to be careful in organizing the games and will have to set all the players free during the IPL.

Giles also fears that many players can quit playing for the country if they are not permitted to play in the IPL. Furthermore, Ashley asserted that the England players have signed the contracts with their respective IPL teams. They have also promised their availability for the entire season. Thus, it will not be fair if they are compelled to breach the contract.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh