It is difficult to ask players not to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL), as the tournament is a competition for the T20 cricket championship, said England head coach Chris Silwood.
As long as England adheres to a rotation policy for its teams, their top players are not expected to rest during the 2021 IPL.
“It’s very difficult to tell players that no, you can’t play IPL. You can’t say no if you just see the numbers. IPL is a cricket event in the T20 world and that’s why it’s very difficult,” Silverwood said in a virtual interaction with the media on Wednesday.
“I don’t think that’s a problem because the players play a fantastically high level of T20 cricket, which can only benefit us. Going forward, it’s good for the player. Obviously, the players decide their own competitions, but we win their playing, “he added.
There has been talk of the likes of all-encompassing Ben Stokes, fast bowling Joffre Archer and goalkeeper-whip Joss Butler will be missed to miss their home test series against New Zealand in June due to the IPL. However, Silverwood said he chose to see the positive side of the situation.
“One of the things I feel is that it gives people a chance. It’s exciting for me to see people make debuts, to see how people are doing well. Like I said, I see the exciting side of that,” he said.
He said he would like to see players like Mouen Ali to be selected in the IPL auctions to be held on Thursday night. “No, I want them to do well, supporting the decision they really make. If they are elected, it will be brilliant and I can only wish to do well, gain knowledge of the conditions and improve as players,” he said.