Michael Vaughan has hit out on the English players who have preferred the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the national cricket. In his column for the Telegraph, the former England skipper stated that English Cricket Board should realize their potential and say goodbye to players who haven’t been present for the National Team when needed. He used the reference of his recent interview with Ashley Giles to explain his viewpoint.
“England are being paranoid if they think their players will turn down a central contract to play in the IPL. Ashley Giles told my show on the BBC this week that England does not want to go ‘toe-to-toe’ with players over the IPL because in the long run ‘we may face losing some of our best players’,” wrote Michael Vaughan.
“I think that is a wrong message to be sending. If an England player came to me aged 26 or 27 and said he was choosing the IPL and franchise cricket over an England deal my response would be simple, ‘Go on then, see you later, goodbye, but I tell you what, I bet you come knocking back on my door in a year or two’s time’,” he added.
The English commentator also added the best players could be given a 2-3 year central contract instead of just one in a bid to look after them and make them feel secure.
“If England really wants to make sure it does not happen then why not offer their best players two or three-year central contracts? High-level sport is about looking after the best individuals so give Ben Stokes or Jofra Archer more than a one-year contract. That way you are tying them down. Instead, they have 12-month deals,” said Michael Vaughan.
The 14th edition of IPL is all set to kickstart on 9th April 2021. Star England players such as Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Ben Stokes will make their presence felt in the competition.