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Andrew Strauss hopes more England players get to feature in IPL

Andrew Strauss watched the IPL 2014 final in Bangalore © Getty Images
Andrew Strauss watched the IPL 2014 final in Bangalore © Getty Images

Jun 4, 2014

Andrew Strauss, the former England captain, hopes that more England players can hone their skills in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. For years, this has been a bone of contention as the county schedule and the engagements during the summer prevent the English players from playing the T20 league. However, Strauss believes that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) could work something out to allow the players to play.

Speaking to IPL’s official website, Strauss said, “It’s a bit tricky with the English season clashing with the IPL. But I think it would be great if players from England could participate as it would benefit them a lot. It would also be good for the tournament. But obviously, the ECB don’t want to tinker with their schedule. It’s a question of achieving the right balance, which hopefully will be done at some point.”

Strauss was in Bangalore during the recent IPL final between Kolkata Knight Riders and the Kings XI Punjab. The former England captain enjoyed the experience and said that the IPL is good for world cricket. He said, “I think the IPL is a brilliant thing to have happened to cricket. You look at the calibre of the players who are playing here and it is really taking the game of cricket forward. It’s really difficult to say anything negative about this tournament. It’s been a fantastic addition to the game. To sample it in the flesh is the best way to figure out how good it is.”

England players have only played in patches and there were many who featured at the auction were not picked by the franchises. Dimitri Mascarenhas was one player who did feature quite regularly, but Kevin Pietersen has been the biggest star. Andrew Flintoff played a few games in the IPL 2009 and Michael Lumb also turned up for a few matches, mainly for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2010. Players like Alex Hales were not picked at IPL 2014 auction.

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