IPL puts extra pressure on players: Andy Flower

Andy Flower said he would have played in the IPL if he was still playing international cricket © Getty Images


By CricketCountry Staff


London: Sep 19, 2011


England coach Andy Flower has admitted that he would want to play in the Indian Premier League if was still playing international cricket, but also expressed that the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament puts extra pressure on the players which is tough to handle.


Flower, who is credited for his team’s changed fortune which included back-to-back Ashes win and taking England to world No. 1 ranking in Test cricket, says that he would consider sensible IPL rations for his charges, if he believes that is best for England, The Press Association reported.


“I find it very hard to blame any player for wanting to play in the IPL, because of the attractions. Certainly if I was playing I’d want to play in it,” he said.


“We have a responsibility to English cricket to get the most out of our English cricketers – and certainly for our fast bowlers, that wouldn’t include them slogging for a couple of months out in India. But I don’t know if that’s stoppable,” he added.


The former Zimbabwe cricketer said that it will be tough to keep the English cricketers happy if they are not allowed to take part in the IPL, given the success they earned in the recent past, as they could be approached by the IPL franchises in the coming seasons. 


Flower said, “Centrally-contracted players require a no-objection certificate to take part in domestic competitions in other countries.”


“The IPL is always going to be an issue if it takes up such a big chunk of time out of the international calendar, and I worry about that because of the extra strain on any of the international players by playing in the IPL,” he added.


“I’m not disrespecting the IPL. I’m just saying the extra strain of playing an elongated tournament is tough. It will have an effect, and we have to be very careful about that,” Flower added.