Ashley Giles confirms that England players are unlikely to participate in the remainder of the IPL 2021
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are facing several challenges in completing the remaining matches of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The BCCI is planning to recommence the league on September 18th and conduct it through October 12th. However, England will be touring Bangladesh and Pakistan during the same period.
The availability of numerous international players is a significant issue in the IPL. While the availability of Australian players is questionable, it has now been reported that England players may also be unavailable for the rest of the IPL 2021 season. Ashley Giles, managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has announced that no adjustments to England’s cricket schedule would be made to facilitate the IPL 2021.
Ashley Giles rejects making alterations to England’s schedule
England will travel to Bangladesh and Pakistan for limited-overs tours in September and October. The English cricketers have a busy schedule, and Giles has rejected making any alterations to it. “We have a full schedule. If we go from the end of the fifth Test in September, we are set to leave for Bangladesh on September 19 or 20. We have a full schedule right through including Pakistan and wherever the T20 World Cup is,” said Ashley Giles as quoted by PTI.
Additionally, Giles anticipates that several key players might be rested for the series against Bangladesh and Pakistan. The players will not be able to play cricket elsewhere during that period, as a break would be offered to preserve them for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.
“We are going to have to give some of these guys a break at some point. But the intention of giving guys a break for, say, Bangladesh, wouldn’t be for them to go and play cricket elsewhere. We have to manage our schedule now, so we get our guys arriving in the best shape possible for the T20 World Cup and Ashes,” added Ashley Giles.