It is very difficult to say to the players that no, you can't play IPL

'It is very difficult to say to the players that no, you can't play IPL


Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran are some of the prominent England cricketers who have been retained by their respective franchises for IPL 2021 and after the auctions, on Thursday a few more can be added to that list. At a time when England’s rotational policies are at the forefront, the growing numbers of their top players in the IPL is again in the spotlight. Reacting on the same, England head coach Chris Silverwood said it is ‘difficult’ to stop the players from participating in the IPL.
"It is very difficult to say to the players that, no you can't play IPL. You can't say no if you just see the numbers. IPL is a marquee cricket event in T20 world and so it's very difficult’’ Silverwood said during a media conference where he was cornered on the issue of IPL gaining more precedence over Test matches.

England’s all-format players have been rotating in the longest format to stay fit. There is however nothing to suggest that the likes of Archer, Stokes or Buttler would be given a breather during the IPL. They in fact, are likely to play all matches for their respective franchises. "I don't think it's an issue because players are playing fantastic high level of T20 cricket which can only benefit us really. Moving forward it benefits the player. Obviously, players make their own minds up about competitions (BBL, CPL, IPL) they go in but we benefit from their playing."
Silverwood, a fast bowler during his playing days accepted that he has made "peace with it". "I am totally at peace with it. Just to reiterate Test cricket remains the priority at least to me."
While the likes of Stokes, Archer,Chris Woakes have all been retained by their franchises, the likes of Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan along with 15 others will go under the hammer.



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