ECB Wants Star Players to be Available for Pakistan Tour Despite IPL

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) trust that, considering a potential collision with the rest of the Indian Premier League 14th edition, their star players are on their tour through Pakistan (IPL).

Last week, following a COVID-19 outbreak and owing to the terrible situation in India, the IPL was suspended indefinitely. On average, over 350,000 people get the virus daily, with a total of almost 23 million positive cases in the world.

The Indian authorities are searching at a variety of options to restart the tournament, which is postponed in September-October. Rumors have been made to show that, before the launch of the T20 World Cup, the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI), expected to take place tentatively in October-November, India, wants the tournament to end.

In a historic two-match T20I series, Pakistan is scheduled to host England. After a gap of 16 years, England is going to tour the world. Ashley Giles, managing director of the ECB, said England's major players will be available for the historic tours of Pakistan.

He said, "What I expect (players) if those tours are going ahead. We want to include England players in matches in England."

Earlier, Giles said that star English players are likely, beginning from 2 June because of their participation in IPL, to skip the two-part Test series between England and New Zealand.

He then explained to English players under contract with IPL, "The New Zealand scenario was very different, these matches formally established in late January when contracts for players to participate fully in the IPL were signed."

Giles announced that this summer England will have a greater pool of players, and each deserving player would have a chance in the national team.