IPL 2021: England Cricket Board denies withdrawal of its players from the tournament
The ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League saw several stars taking part in the tournament. Several players from England and Australia joined the competition in the hope of offering their best game play and to entertain the fans. However, the league witnessed a sudden exit of players from both nations.
Rajasthan Royals suffered a massive blow to their arsenal after losing as many as 4 players. They already lost three players from England and 1 player from Australia. England all-rounder Ben Stokes opted out of the tournament citing a broken finger.
On the other hand, England Cricket Board confirmed that Jofra Archer will no longer take part in the tournament as they don't want to risk their player. The Barbados-born pacer had picked up a hand injury earlier and was expected to take part after the initial stage of the IPL 2021.
However, even after recovering from the injury, the ECB decided it is best that Archer doesn't take part in the tournament. Another England player Liam Livingstone opted out of the entire season due to eoin morganbio-bubble fatigue. he waited in the wings for the first three games before pulling out of the tournament.
We are offering advice daily to players that seek it: Spokesperson for ECB
As the IPL teams are a bit worried about the availability of overseas players, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that the English players have no sudden plans of making an exit from the competition.
A spokesperson for the England and Wales Cricket Board told PA: “We continue to monitor and work with the players on an individual basis. We are offering advice daily to those that seek it. Our thoughts are with the people of India during these difficult times.”
As of now, 11 England stars are in India for the 14th edition of the IPL. Earlier, there were 14 England internationals to take part in the tournament. It is evident that three England players namely Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Liam Livingstone left the league for obvious reasons.
With Stokes, Archer and Livingstone pulling out of the tournament, this means only 11 players are available to take part in the tournament. These 11 England players are none other than Eoin Morgan (Kolkata Knight Riders), Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings), Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Chris Woakes, Sam Billings, Tom Curran (Delhi Capitals), Chris Jordan, David Malan (Punjab Kings).