England players told to prioritize Pakistan tour in October over rescheduled IPL


Karachi: The England Cricket Board (ECB) has clarified to country’s white-ball stars that their upcoming tours of Pakistan and Bangladesh will take priority over the rescheduled Indian Premier League (IPL).

England are due to play limited-overs matches in Bangladesh before heading to their first Pakistan tour in 16 years. They will play two T20s on October 14 and 15 at National Stadium, Karachi.

IPL’s 2021 edition was suspended last week due to the devastating coronavirus outbreak in India. There are speculations that the competition may resume midway through September, which could lead to a clash with England white-ball tours of Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Read: England to tour Pakistan for two T20Is in October 2021

“We’ve got a full future tours programme and if those tours are going ahead I’d expect them (IPL players) to be there,” ECB’s managing director Ashley Giles said.

“We’ve got a lot of important high profile cricket including a T20 World Cup and Ashes, so we’re planning on the involvement of England players in England matches,” he added.

After the conclusion of the T20I series in Karachi, England and Pakistan will travel to India for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

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