The managing director of England’s Men’s Cricket Team, Ashley Giles raised concerns over the participation of England players in the remainder of IPL 2021. The former England players said that it is unlikely that players will be available for the remaining IPL matches, which have been rescheduled to a later date.
“We’ve got a full FTP schedule. So if those tours to Pakistan and Bangladesh [in September and October] are going ahead, I’d expect the players to be there,” ESPNcricinfo had quoted Giles as saying.
However, contrary to that, Kevin Pietersen recently stated that the players can participate in the league if they all stand together.
The fourteenth edition of IPL 2021 got postponed indefinitely last week after players from several franchises got tested positive for Covid-19. The BCCI are now looking to conduct the remainder of the tournament in the September-October window.
“It’s going to be v interesting to watch how the ECB handle this issue around not allowing its best players to play IPL if it’s rescheduled. When I went up against ENG, I was alone. This time, it’s all their best-branded players! If they stand together, they’ll play IPL,” Pietersen tweeted.
A lot of criticism was raised towards Pietersen when he was signed up for RCB in 2009. But now as years have passed, England cricketers have seen their stock rise and more players from the country are being given IPL contracts.
Earlier, Pietersen had tweeted in support of India over the ongoing second wave of COVID-19 pandemic that has caused so many deaths so far. In his tweet, he wrote- “This too shall pass, but you need to be careful during this tough time”
The ongoing second wave of COVID-19 is now declining in the country as the recovery rate has increased and number of active cases have also dipped.