England Players: ECB Managing Director Ashley Giles said that the central contracted England players could miss out on the rescheduled IPL 2021. Amid the rising cases, the BCCI decided to suspend IPL 2021 with immediate effect on May 4, 2021. The decision came after multiple players from 4 IPL teams tested positive for the coronavirus. Despite taking every precaution, the COVID managed to breach the bio-bubble of 4 IPL teams. Here is the list of the players who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
- Wriddhiman Saha (SRH),
- Prasidh Krishna (KKR),
- Varun Chakravarthy (KKR),
- Sandeep Warrier (KKR),
- Pat Cummins (KKR),
- Amit Mishra (DC),
- Tim Seifert (KKR),
- Mike Hussey (CSK Coach),
- Laximipathy Balaji (CSK Coach)
- Kasi Vishwanathan (CSK CEO)
Besides the players, 5 DDCA groundsmen too have tested positive for the coronavirus. However, bigger problems lie ahead for BCCI President Sourav Ganguly as the fate of the IPL hangs in the balance. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel said that the BCCI is currently looking at the September window to conclude the remainder of the matches. In addition to that, Patel also said that the board is looking for alternative locations to host the matches.
England Players Likely To Be Unavailable For The Rescheduled IPL 2021
As the BCCI deals with multiple problems at once, the England Cricket Board (ECB) passed out a major statement on Monday (May 10). England Men’s Cricket Managing Director Ashley Giles said that the centrally contracted England players are likely to be unavailable for the remainder of the season. The BCCI is currently looking for a short September window to conclude the season right before the T20 World Cup.
However, England is scheduled to tour Bangladesh and Pakistan right before the T20 World Cup. As a result, Giles said that most centrally contracted players are likely to miss the remaining IPL 2021 matches. England players who could are likely to miss out are:
- Johnny Bairstow (SRH)
- Jason Roy (SRH)
- Sam Curran (CSK)
- Chris Jordan (PBKS)
- Chris Woakes (DC)
- Jos Butler (RR)
- Moeen Ali (CSK)
- Eoin Morgan (KKR)
- Ben Stokes (RR)
- Tom Curran (DC)
- Dawid Malan (PBKS)
Giles told the British Media that the ECB expects full involvement of the players during their International tours. England is currently scheduled to depart for a six-match limited-overs tour of Bangladesh on September 16. They are then due in Pakistan in mid-October and, while that tour is not strictly speaking part of the FTP, it’s an important one for various reasons and will mark England’s first to the country in 16 years.
Meanwhile, Giles expressed a hope that players would be allowed “a bit more freedom” from bio-bubbles as the England summer progresses. The Test squad is likely to enter their latest bubble from around May 28. For those who play all formats of the game, it could seem the start of a daunting period.
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