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You don’t want to go fifth to fifth with IPL players involved, you may lose the best of yourself: ECB

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England cricket director Ashley Giles says the ECB would like to stay out of any conflict with players. IPL as it could mean the loss of the best if they are forced to choose between a franchise and a national duty.

The former spinner, who played 54 tests, 62 ODI between 1997-2006, believes that any confrontation with players on the issue could have dangerous consequences for cricket in England.

“Right now I think our players like to play for England,” Giles told the BBC’s Tuffers and Vaughan.

“I don’t want this to be a kiss of death. I think we need to understand that this could be a danger in the future.

“We don’t particularly want to keep up with our players for IPL in the long run because we could face the loss of some of our best players,” he added.

England alternates its players in a full format for the tour of Sri Lanka and India, given the busy schedule throughout the year.

However, they are all allowed to stay for the entire IPL, which means that finalists are likely to miss the initial test against New Zealand, which is due to start on 2 June.

The series against Black Caps was planned after the NOC for IPL was given to the players.

“This window was clear to anyone who reached the later stages of the IPL to play in the whole race,” Giles said.

“This is how their contracts were negotiated. We do not think it is right to abandon this agreement,” he added.

There are currently 12 cricketers in England, some with multi-million dollar contracts, who play in the IPL.

They include Joss Butler, Ben Stokes, Johnny Beirstow, Mouen Ali, Sam Quran, Tom Quran, Sam Billings, David Malan and, Joffra Archer, if deemed fit.

The IPL is scheduled to begin on April 9, and the final is scheduled for May 30.

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