Playing IPL upgrades English cricketers, says Strauss

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Playing IPL upgrades English cricketers, says Strauss Former English opener Andrew Strauss believes sending cricketers in Indian Premier League ultimately enhance their form thus gains help in English cricket team.

Praising the experience English cricketers earn playing IPL, Strauss said, “I think Chris Woakes was saying that to go there, to learn from the best players in the world and pit themselves against the best players in the world. They come back from that experience knowing they are as good as anyone out there. The deep rooted belief they get from that is massively important.”

About the injury trouble of Ben Stokes prior to the all-important tournament opener against Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy, Andrew Strauss reckoned the injury is a part and parcel of international cricket.

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“That is the slight risk you take when you make people available for a chunk of cricket that is outside the international schedule” – he said.

“Injuries are part and parcel of life, but on one hand you weigh up the potential risk and on the other you ask what they can potentially gain from that experience. That’s what forms the decision” – Andrew Strauss said.