IPL 2021: England players to be available for full IPL season: Amid fears that England players could miss the playoff stage of the IPL 2021 due to national team commitments, the nation’s head coach, Chris Silverwood has confirmed that it won’t be the case. Instead, English players in the IPL will stay back for the whole tournament until the final on May 30.
“We haven’t looked at selection or anything like that for the Tests yet, but, for me, playing for your country is a big thing. It’s difficult to change anything so they’ll be staying for the whole IPL as it stands, yes. Listen, we’ll be looking at the Test series and working our way back to see what sort of preparation we need and we haven’t done that at this time. It’s something we will be doing,” Silverwood told Cricbuzz.
As many as 13 English players will be playing in the IPL 2021 and seven of them are Test regulars for England. Hence, some of the top England players would miss the opening Test against New Zealand that begins on June 2.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) reached an agreement with the English players to allow them to play in the IPL but for some time, the body has been reluctant to agree to the deal. Instead, ECB wants the players to come back to the national side from IPL if called upon.
Hence, if any England player is selected for the Tests against New Zealand, they will have to leave their IPL franchise at least by May 25 and make the journey back home before joining the practice session with the team. That could essentially rule them out of the IPL playoffs beginning May 25 and the final on May 30.
However, pressure from the players could allow the ECB to accept their decisions to stay back for the entire IPL 2021. With English players requiring at least three days of practice with the red ball, many players who will play in the IPL could miss the opening Test. But if Rajasthan Royals reach the playoff stage, it could be costly and a selection headache for England as three players – Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer could be out of the first Test against NZ.