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Mickey Arthur, the former Pakistani cricket coach, has commented on how England Cricketers can improve their red-ball cricket after the thrashing Ashes defeat by 4-0, and losing the 5-match series versus the West Indies recently.
England cricketers should stay away from IPL – Mickey Arthur
The former South African-Australian cricketer narrated that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should avoid sending its players for the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) to practice more on their red-ball cricket.
“England haven’t scored enough runs. It’s as simple as that. If you want to lay the blame, you can lay it right there. County cricket isn’t to blame,” Arthur told The Times.
“For so long county cricket has been a really good producer of international players. I don’t think there’s a problem with the system…If you want the strength early season, unfortunately, you are going to have to stop the players from going to the IPL.
“They are playing there in the early part of the season just before the first tests. You need your best players playing county cricket to prepare for that,”
England failed to grasp one win out of four of the five-match Test series (one drew), versus Australia. There was immense criticism on the team’s performance and Joe Root’s captaincy. Also, according to reports, it was decided that ECB will not be issuing NCOC to its players for IPL after a humiliating showcase in the Ashes Test series.
However, after IPL 2022 mega auction, almost eleven England cricketers were roped on by ten several IPL franchises. It must be noted that many English players earlier announced to sidelined themselves from the league’s upcoming edition. Joe Root and Ben Stokes are the notable names. Around 30 England cricketers registered themselves for the auction.
ECB reportedly was to refrain the Ashes squad from participating in IPL 2022 but Johnny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, are among the sold English cricketers for the cash-rich league.
Moeen Ali (Chennai Super Kings) and Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals) were the only Englishmen retained by their franchises before the mega auction that took place in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13.
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