England stars could QUIT if they are barred from IPL, warns Giles

England stars could QUIT if they are barred from playing in the IPL, warns director of cricket Ashley Giles… after Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were among those rested during winter tours of Sri Lanka and India ahead of playing in franchise tournament

  • Jos Buttler only played the first Test of the four-match series against India 
  • All-rounder Ben Stokes did not feature in the two Test against Sri Lanka 
  • But they are among 14 England stars picked by various franchises for IPL 2021 
  • Ashley Giles believes stars could quit England duty if they are barred from IPL 

England stars could quit from playing for their country if their path to participating in the Indian Premier League is blocked, Ashley Giles has warned.

Rajasthan Royals duo Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were among a host of England players rested over the course of their winter tours in Sri Lanka and India.

Wicketkeeper Buttler played just the first Test match of the four-match series against Virat Kohli’s side, while all-rounder Stokes was absent from the previous tour in Sri Lanka as part of the controversial rest and rotation policy. 

Ashley Giles has warned England stars could quit national duty if they are barred from playing in the IPL

Jos Buttler (left) and Ben Stokes (right) were rested over the course of England’s recent tours to Sri Lanka and India but are due to feature for Rajasthan Royals

Chennai Super Kings – Sam Curran, Moeen Ali

Delhi Capitals – Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Sam Billings

Kolkata Knight Riders – Eoin Morgan

Kings XI Punjab – Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan

Rajasthan Royals – Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer*, Liam Livingstone

Sunrisers Hyderabad – Jonny Bairstow

*subject to fitness

England players competing in the franchise tournament could also miss the two-match Test series against New Zealand in June if their sides are involved in the latter parts of the competition, including the play-offs, eliminator and final.

But speaking to the Tuffers and Vaughan show, ECB director of cricket and former spinner Giles insists a confrontational policy in the long-term over their stars participation in the tournament would not be beneficial.

‘Right now I think our players love playing for England,’ he said.

‘I don’t want that to be a kiss of death. I think we have to understand that it could be a danger in the future.

‘We don’t particularly want to go toe-to-toe with our players over IPL participation in the long run because we may face losing some of our best players.’

Giles also added that England players had signed contracts with their respective franchises which guarantees their full availability for this year’s tournament, before the series against Kane Williamson’s men had been announced.

‘That window was clear for anyone who got to the later stages of IPL to play in the whole competition,’ Giles said.

‘That is how their contracts were agreed. We don’t think it is right to renege on that agreement.’

This year’s IPL begins on 9 April, before the play-offs start on 25 May, which precedes the final on 30 May.

The first of England’s two Test matches against No 2 ranked New Zealand starts just three days later on 2 June at Lord’s.   

The final of the IPL comes just three days before England’s first Test against New Zealand

No fewer than 14 England players have been selected by six of the eight IPL franchises. Rajasthan having the biggest contingent with Jofra Archer and Liam Livingstone being picked up alongside Buttler and Stokes.

However, 25-year-old fast bowler Archer could lose his £800,000 deal after undergoing surgery for a deep cut on his right hand earlier this week.

Reports suggested Archer suffered the cut after dropping a fish tank in the bath at his home in January – just before the tour of India – while trying to clean it.

The quick has already been ruled out of the first half of the IPL, and now England are set to make a decision this week on whether he will compete at all. 

Jofra Archer’s participation in the IPL is in doubt after he undergoing surgery on a deep cut

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