Banton replies to Vaughan after the latter told him to not play IPL
Former England captain Michael Vaughan had earlier advised England star batsman Tom Banton to skip the forthcoming season of the Indian Premier League, as the player is all set to swing his arms for Kolkata Knight riders in the showpiece event in the summer.
According to Vaughan, Banton should play for the Somerset for the initial few weeks in order to fight for the number 6 position in England’s cricket team.
“If I were in charge I would be on the phone this week to Tom Banton telling him to give up his IPL deal and play the first few weeks of the county season for Somerset because there is a slot available at No 6 in the Test side,” former England skipper Vaughan wrote in a column for Telegraph Sport.
Banton who hogged the limelight ahead of the IPL auction because of his performances in the Big Bash League in Australia helped him find a spot in KKR.
Kolkata Knight Riders have roped in the services of England young prospect Tom Banton for the upcoming season at his base price tag of Rs 1 crore. While talking to a journalist, Banton said he is 100% committed to KKR>.
“Yes, 100 per cent. When I was growing up, IPL was definitely something I thought I’d love to do, and play for England and definitely in Test cricket as well. But we’ll just have to wait and see,” Tom Banton added in a statement.
It is worth mentioning here that Tom Banton had a terrific season in the Big Bash League as he played seven games for Brisbane Heat and smashed three half-centuries including a quick-fire 16-ball half-century. With T20I world cup tournament coming closer, Indian Premier League can serve as a good platform to earn a place in the national team for the World cup tournament in Australia.