England experts have started slamming their players after their side suffered a heavy defeat against India by 3-1 and the latest to join the list is the former skipper and legendary England all-rounder Geoffrey Boycott who criticized his team players to prioritize cash-rich league over playing for the country.
The England head coach recently stated that the players will stay back in India for the IPL playoffs, if their teams make it to the final stages, and will miss the first Test against New Zealand at home starting on June 2. IPL 2021 is scheduled to end on May 30th 2021.
The 13 players who will be taking part in the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league will be Eoin Morgan, Jofra Archer, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingtsone, Sam Billings and Chris Jordan.
Out of these 13 players seven of them are regular member of England Test team.Thus, if most of those players’ IPL teams make it to the playoffs, England will not be at their strongest against the Kiwis.
“England will also stick to their rotation policy aimed at helping their multi-format players cope better with life in bio-secure bubbles, Silverwood said after the team’s 3-1 test series loss in India. messed up with a rotation policy in India and must stop treating players in a namby-pamby way,” Geoffrey Boycott wrote.
“Players seem to forget the IPL would not come calling for them if they had not performed for England first. So they owe a debt of gratitude and loyalty to put England first. I would never stop them from earning that but not by missing games for England to do it,” he added.
Boycott who is known for his outspoken nature lambasted on current selectors on rotating the important players during India test series and also added that none of the English players will take rest out of bubble when it comes to IPL.
“But I bet you will not see any of our players leaving the IPL because they miss their wife, girlfriend or kids. If players want to go home for a break from England duty, dock their money. Better still don’t select them unless they can agree to be available for a whole series. It is a barmy way to run English cricket, they should all be ashamed and embarrassed,” Boycott said.