Michael Vaughan is not at all happy with the statement made by Director of Cricket Ashley Giles on behalf of the ECB regarding the participation of England cricketers in the IPL. The former British captain feels that the England board is holding the wrong idea about IPL
board cannot put pressure on cricketers to choose between the national team or the IPL to avoid conflict. If cricketers are not allowed to play in the IPL, the ECB could lose several top performing players.
Vaughn claims that if the board thinks that cricketers will leave the ECB’s central contract and opt for the IPL, it is their misconception. Instead, the ECB should exercise its power and cut off the cricketers who dominate the franchise league before the country. Vaughan wrote in a column for The Telegraph, ‘England are under the illusion that their players will reject the central contract to play in the IPL. In my show on BBC, Ashley Giles says that the board does not want to go into conflict with cricketers over IPL. Because, we have the potential to lose some of the best cricketers. ‘
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Vaughan further wrote, ‘I think this is going to send the wrong message. If a 26-27 year old cricketer came to me and said that he would choose IPL and franchise cricket even before England, my immediate reaction would be, go, see you later. Goodbye. But I keep saying that in a year or two you will have to come back and knock on my door. ‘ The former England captain concludes, “If England really don’t want that to happen, why not have a 2-3 year central contract with the best cricketers?” Ben Stokes, Joffra Archers should have a 2-3 year contract instead of 12 months. ‘
Earlier, the boycott also demanded that if the players chose the IPL before the country, they should be excluded from National Team.