Gulf News – London: England’s biggest stars, including Test captain Joe Root, will be in line for huge Indian Premier League windfalls next season after the England and Wales Cricket Board left open a long window for them to play in the Twenty20 league.

Summary

  • London: England’s biggest stars, including Test captain Joe Root, will be in line for huge Indian Premier League windfalls next season after the England and Wales Cricket Board left open a long window for them to play in the Twenty20 league.
  • With England’s tour to New Zealand ending on April 3, the players will be available for the majority of the IPL season, making them much more attractive for franchise owners and far likelier to land million-dollar deals in the next auction.
  • By opening up the availability of England’s players, the ECB have put themselves in a position to hammer out a reciprocal agreement with their Indain counterparts that could see some of their star names, such as Virat Kohli, play in the first season of England’s new Twenty20 competition in 2020.
  • Andrew Strauss, the England team director, has actively encouraged his players to go to the IPL as he wants them to gain white-ball experience ahead of England’s World Cup bid in 2019 and, after Stokes’s starring role, the valuation of England players has gone up.
  • One player not interested in playing in the IPL is James Anderson who, at 35, knows his time has gone in terms of mega-rich Twenty20 deals in India.


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