IPL 2021 – England players unlikely to be involved in rescheduled tournament


England have “full FTP schedule” from June onwards, says Ashley Giles

England’s centrally contracted players are unlikely to be available for the completion of the IPL wherever and whenever it is rescheduled.

While the England management were happy to allow up to a dozen English players to miss the Test series against New Zealand at the start of June due to their involvement in the IPL, any rescheduling of the event is likely to clash with series in the Future Tours Programme (FTP). And that, according to England men’s director of cricket, Ashley Giles, means they will be viewed differently.

The IPL was postponed last week due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in India. With BCCI president Sourav Ganguly having accepted the competition cannot be completed in India this year, various dates and venues have been mooted. Those include the second half of September, before the T20 World Cup, and from mid-November, after it.