Would an IPL stint assist the England Team?

January 27, 2009 at 12:17 pm 2 comments


The ECB are expected to strike a deal which will allow England’s international players to play in a three week window. After pressure from the IPL the ECB is expected to offer a three week window after the end of the West Indies tour and before the start of the summer series against the same opposition. The IPL are demanding the window be available for 2 years at least, a demand likely to be agreed. But will the IPL stint assist the England players?The evidence is clear that the IPL will assist the players. It has done so for the Indians who are competing in the event. Zaheer Khan has demonstrated great accuracy in bowling and manages to bowl about 3 Yorkers per powerplay over, the Indian batsmen down to number 8 or 9 are able to just come on and get into their stride after a couple of deliveries. England’s lost to India in the ODI series last year prompted calls for IPL inclusion as England were becoming ‘left behind’. It was clear to see that they in fact were. A chance to play against the best in the world can only improve you as a player, both technically and mentally. Ahead of the summers twenty20 world cup it gives a chance to hone your twenty20 skills as well as ‘get one over’ potential opposition before the world cup.

There is no doubt that it would improve their chances in the twenty20 world cup, but how would it affect their from in other forms of cricket. The IPL stint means that players won’t have played a first class game in England this year before the West Indies Test series. Looking at the quality of the position that shouldn’t be a problem. Ahead of the Ashes you would want to play as much competitive cricket as possible, which would help more, a twenty20 tournament or county Championship games. The players believe the IPL stint will provide more benefits.

The main concern for this calendar year is the burn-out threatening the players. The England team has a packed calendar that features 7 test in England with a further 4 in South Africa and 4 in the west Indies, 4 ODI series consisting of around 14 games as well as the twenty20 world cup. The longest break between all that action had been pencilled in after the series in the West Indies. That window has now been taken by the IPL leaving some players with no break for around 14 months. This will likely result in a weakened team being taken for a tour to Bangladesh in early next year. Many players have been vocal about the amount of cricket that is played by the England cricketers. With former England player Graeme Thorpe backing the IPL deal but accuses the England players of double standards over the burn out fears.  Stuart Broad has just recnetly announced that he will pull out of the IPL in order to focus on the big year ahead and force his way into the Ashes plan.

The list of players in the IPL auction will be announced in the first week of February with the auction on the 16th. The auction is though to contain 9 of England’s ODI regulars and a couple of the county stars. According to cricinfo, there are currently 13 players on the preliminary auction list from England, with the list still being updated.  Stuart Broad, Alistair Cook, Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior have opted to give the tournament a miss.

England players supposedly on the list:

Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Paul Collingwood, Owais Shah, Stuart Broad, Samit Patel, Shaun Udal, Darren Gough, Ryan Sidebottom, Ravi Bopara, Monty Panesar, Robert Key, James Foster.

Update: Flintoff and Pietersen the most expensive players in the IPL


Entry filed under: County cricket, Cricket, England, India, IPL, Twenty20.

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