England’s players will be available for the IPL after their autumn tour of Bangladesh was POSTPONED
- A rise in coronavirus cases in Bangladesh has put England’s tour in doubt
- A clash with the rescheduled IPL is also behind the potential postponement
- India want as many Bangladesh and England stars to play in the IPL as possible
- Meanwhile, Pakistan authorities say England’s planned visit is not under threat
England’s players will be available for the IPL after it emerged their autumn tour of Bangladesh has been postponed.
Eoin Morgan’s side were due to fly to Dhaka in late September for three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s, before heading to Pakistan for a pair of T20s on October 14 and 15 – part of their preparation for the T20 World Cup in the UAE.
The news will go down well with the BCCI, the Indian board, who want as many players available for the rescheduled IPL following its postponement mid-tournament in early May because of the pandemic. A recent surge in Covid cases in Bangladesh has not helped.
England’s tour of Bangladesh to play three one-day internationals in September is in doubt
Eoin Morgan’s side are due to fly to Daka but Bangladesh are considering postponing the tour
Ashley Giles, the ECB’s managing director of England men’s cricket, recently said the international game would take priority over T20 franchise cricket. And while the ECB are insisting in private that the cancellation is the decision of the Bangladeshis, the development gives England’s IPL cohort the option of fulfilling lucrative contracts.
Meanwhile, Pakistan authorities have denied that England’s planned visit – their first to the country since 2005-06 – is also under threat.
PCB chairman Ehsan Mani told Sportsmail: ‘Chief executive Wasim Khan has been in discussions with the ECB and agreed the tour arrangements with Tom Harrison. As far as we are concerned, the visit is going ahead.’
But the two-match trip finishes only eight days before England are due to play their first game in the T20 World Cup against Australia, leaving little time for players to quarantine in the UAE.
The exact length of the quarantine period is still to be confirmed, though it is complicated by the fact that the ICC have to each an agreement with four separate governments – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, plus Oman, who are hosting the preliminary matches.
A postponement would go down well with Bangladesh’s Indian counterparts the BCCI