I haven’t really been able to watch cricket played live but judging by the scenes relayed by the telly of English cricket matches, it always conveys a party atmosphere, of people really enjoying the experience of watching a match live. The recent turmoil that the English Cricket team underwent almost divided the team and shattered the hearts of avid English cricket supporters.
I guess the decision of the English and Wales Cricket Board to grant England’s top cricketers to join the Indian Premier League and be out of English soil for three weeks is good for the lads. Just as a footballer always like to play football especially if he earns a living by playing, so do the cricketers. They haven’t really been able to concentrate that much in playing cricket with the internal problems and with the prospect of facing the world’s best players at the IPL in a twenty20 match, it can prove to be a valuable experience. England recently lost 4-0 in their one-day series against the Indian national team last November.
The IPL or the Indian Premier League is a twenty20 cricket competition started last year and was formed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India with Lalit Modi as its Chairman and IPL Commissioner. He is also the BCCI Vice President. Under his stewardship the IPL has turned into a very lucrative league and a huge success that the Professional Cricketers Association has asked the ECB to seek a compromise solution to enable the English national players the chance to play in the league. Because of the ECB’s refusal to release the players for the league last year due to a conflict in schedule as the IPL inaugural season coincided with the County Championship season last year and New Zealand’s tour of England Islamabad United Schedule Team Squad Players List PSL 2018.
With the go ahead signal given, Indian supporters of the IPL will now have the chance to watch their favorite English players in action. Topping that list are former English Cricket team skipper Kevin Pietersen and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff. Most members of the English national team have been offered contracts and are already included in the pool of players to be auctioned to the teams on February 6. Aside from Pietersen and Flintoff those who are centrally contracted to play for England are James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Stephen Harmison, Monty Panesar, Ryan Sidebottom, Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan PSL 2018 Schedule.
At least six of these men might join the IPL. They were given permission to leave for a period of three weeks. The IPL season starts on the 10th of April, seven days after England completes its series against the West Indies. A return match also against the same opponent shall be played at Lords on the 6th of May making the nationals in the IPL will be back just five days before the start. It may be a tight window, but the PCA could not prevent these people the opportunity to earn lucrative deals while playing the sport they all love. And I do agree with that.