Goodbye to cricketers who choose IPL over England: Vaughan
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League is scheduled to go all guns blazing from April 9 onwards. The tournament will come to a close on May 30. The defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Mumbai Indians defended the title for the first time to lift their fifth trophy in IPL. Meanwhile, all eight franchises are actively preparing for the upcoming season. All the teams roped in the right players to strengthen their squads.
Meanwhile, former England captain Michael Vaughan has urged the England Cricket Board to recognize its “power” and bid adieu to players who prioritize franchise cricket over their national cricket team.
The upcoming IPL season will see the participation of several English stars like England captain Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow.
Writing in his column for The Telegraph, the former skipper referred to a recent interview with ECB director Ashley Giles who expressed his frustration over players saying goodbye to national duty for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“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 do 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.
Michael Vaughan also further called upon the cricket board to extend the central contracts of players like Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer for at least a few years. “If England really want 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.