Britain’s leading multi-format cricket player Ben Stokes, Joffra Archer And Jos ButtlerCould be forced to miss two test series against New Zealand in June due to a clash with this year’s IPL knockout phase.
Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings) and Johnny Bainesu (Sunrisers Hyderabad) may also be affected, but they all play at Rajasthan Royals. The Trio is the most prominent IPL player in England’s test setup. If each franchise reaches the last four of the competition.
Markwood, like Moen Ali, released on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the end of last season, may be absent if he participates in the IPL player auction on Thursday. Absence from the last two tests Part of the ongoing India tour is because if he is signed by another franchise, he could be another two months away from home.
Currently, IPL has not yet announced the dates and venues for this year’s tournament, but it could be held in India from around April 10th to the first week of June.
It is scheduled for June 2-14, affecting England’s accumulation in two test series against New Zealand, which is not part of the World Test Championship, and for their relaxation on the ECB’s summer schedule. Added to May miss the WTC Final scheduled for June 18-22.
On Tuesday, IPL sent an email to the franchise seen by ESPNcricinfo listing the availability of players from the top countries. It was stated that players from Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland, as well as players from England, could fully participate in the IPL, but be aware.
“If the ECB selector wants to select a player for the 1st test v New Zealand, but the franchise has reached the knockout stage of the tournament but has not appeared in the opening XI, they need to release the relevant franchise. Such players will be quicker to participate in the test match, “read the IPL email.
The ECB has adopted a more flexible attitude towards IPL in recent years, and the high strength and quality of the tournament has been recognized as a key factor in England’s recent rise in White Ball standards, and the 2019 World Cup. It led to the victory in.
To date, despite frequent clashes with the early UK summer schedule of the tournament, ECB central contract players have not missed a test match to participate in the IPL.
However, the ECB’s rest and rotation policy for ongoing tours in Sri Lanka and India is designed to take into account the prospect of IPL involvement of key players, especially at the final T20 World Cup in India. .. This year’s.
Both Stokes and Archer failed two tests in England in January in Sri Lanka, but Bainesu, Karan and Wood took a vacation in the UK during the Chennai leg of their Indian tour.
Availability of South African players unknown
Some South African IPL players White ball series for Pakistan At home in April. The series is scheduled for April 2-16, Kagiso Rabada And Henrich NorcheThe Delhi Capitals’ outstanding paced partnership, along with Quinton Decock (Mumbai Indians) and Faf Dupresis (Chennai Super Kings), is among those who are set to miss the first few weeks of the tournament.
Cricket South Africa has not yet confirmed the windows available to South African players at IPL.But it doesn’t affect things like all-rounders Chris Morris, Probably one of the players to reignite the bidding war. Morris was one of the most expensive purchases at the 2020 auction after being purchased by the Royal Challengers for 10 chlores (about US $ 1.4 million), but there is no central contract with the national team.
Low availability can affect Shakib, Mustafizur
For Australian and New Zealand players, there is no such problem. Cricket Australia has confirmed that from April 1st, it will issue a certificate of no objection to all players across the IPL, including those playing at Sheffield Shield. New Zealand Cricket has made it available to all players. tournament.
However, it is not fully available to players in South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Cricket has not yet confirmed the dates, but the Bangladesh Cricket Commission said, “Selected players will not be available from May 19th or before if another series is planned during the IPL period. I will leave. “
This could affect the outlook for Bangladeshi duos Shakibu Alhasan and Mustafizur Rahman, who are understood to have attracted attention from several franchises towards the auction.
Additional reporting by Andrew Miller
Nagraj Gollapudi is ESPNcricinfo’s news editor. Gaurav Sundararaman is a senior statistical analyst at ESPNcricinfo.
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