London: The managing director of the England men’s cricket team has categorically said that English players will not release for the rescheduled Indian Premier League (IPL).
Giles also confirmed that the ECB had no plans to alter their schedule of the upcoming Test series against India to enable a larger window for the IPL.
“We have a full schedule if we go from the end of the fifth Test in September. We are set to leave for Bangladesh in the next couple of days. We have a full schedule right through, including Pakistan and wherever the T20 World Cup is,” said Giles.
“We are going to have to give some of these guys a break at some point. But the intention of giving guys a break for, say, Bangladesh wouldn’t be for them to go and play cricket elsewhere,” he added.
Reports have emerged that the IPL is likely to restart from September 18 and concludes around October 12. At the same time, England will be touring Bangladesh and Pakistan.
“We have to manage our schedule now, so we get our guys arriving in the best shape possible for the T20 World Cup and Ashes,” Giles maintained.