IPL players from England might miss test series against New Zealand
The England & Wales Cricket Board(ECB) has taken a big decision to rest their players who were part of Indian Premier League for the upcoming two match test series against New Zealand. In the month of June before the WTC final, New Zealand will play against England from June 2 at Lord’s London.
Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow all played at least a game in the postponed IPL and are now in mandatory 10-day isolation after returning to the UK.BBC reported that the quarantine period is about to get over this weekend and it is unlikely that the England IPL contingent would be rushed back for the Test series.
Ashley Giles, the managing director of the England’s men team, gave a hint earlier this week that there could be some new faces in the team for the upcoming test series against New Zealand. With the postponement of IPL, all England players are available for selection, but Giles said that the management is in no hurry to rush players back into action.
“What we do know and what’s not going to change is that given the weight of cricket, given the Ashes series, and we don’t know what conditions that’s going to be played in with regard to a Covid environment, we are going to need a bigger group of players. We may also choose against New Zealand to look at some new faces,”ESPNcricinfo quoted Giles as saying.
The Test series between England and New Zealand gets underway in June. England is also slated to lock horns with India in a five-match Test series, beginning this August.