‘You can’t say no to players who want to play IPL’-Johnny Bairstow throws lights on huge monetary benefits of the league

England team management has faced huge scrutiny on social media especially after they lost the second Test on a huge margin of 317 runs against India in Chennai.

Despite winning the first Test match against India they went on to change their winning combination in the second Test as they rested Dom Bess and James Anderson and Jos Butler who was send home to spend some time with his family.

Ultimately that strategy has backfired for them also Moeen Ali who performed well for them in the second Test has been sent home in order to spend time with his family.

England has been making these sorts of changes in the Test team, in order to make sure they manage the workload of their players, especially so that they can go and play the IPL later on this year.

However, Bairstow who was rested for the first two Test against India stated that missing out on IPL contracts is something that no overseas players can afford as players receive monetary benefits from it.

He also added that if a player has only a red-ball contract with the national team how can you expect that he will refuse the IPL contract.

“Look, I think it is part and parcel of the game. There are guys who have white-ball contracts and red-ball contracts and then there are those who have both. I think guys who have white-ball format will want to go to the IPL and you cannot tell them don’t go,” Bairstow said during a virtual press conference ahead of the third Test.

As he returned for the last two Test against India he will be expected to play in the final X1 against India at Ahemedabad.

Bairstow opened up about the struggles of quarantine which makes taking rests in the middle more sensible.