New Delhi: Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has had to be postponed indefinitely after 29 matches. No decision has yet been taken on when and where the remaining 31 matches of the T20 league will be played. Meanwhile, there is bad news for IPL franchise teams. It can be very difficult for England players to participate in the remaining IPL matches.
The England cricket team's schedule after June is quite busy and if the remaining matches of the IPL are held afresh this year, England players will not be able to play. ECB Cricket Director Ashley Giles has informed about the same. It was decided to postpone the T20 league on May 4 after corona positive cases were reported in the IPL Bio Bubble. It can now be held either before the T20 World Cup at the end of September or in the middle of November. England's top players will be busy both times. He is scheduled to travel to Bangladesh in September and October while the Ashes series will begin just after the T20 World Cup.
Giles said, 'Our FTP schedule is quite busy. There is a visit to Pakistan and Bangladesh. 11 England cricketers are participating in various teams in the IPL.' Giles said, 'We don't know what the schedule for the rest of the IPL matches will be and when and where they will be played. Our schedule is quite busy with the matches against New Zealand this season.' We have to play the T20 World Cup and then the Ashes series, he said. You also have to take care of the workload of your players.