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England’s players prefer IPL over national duties

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed good news for the realm’s cricket fans a few days ago but it seems to be going in vain.

England’s tour of Pakistan to rival two T20Is in Rawalpindi is not canceled but the visitors will not be voyaging with a full-strength squad.

It is a piece of disturbing and disappointing news for the mascots to see the oppositions choosing to play with juniors and B teams versus the men in green.

The scenario is not new as the teams, from the past few years, are pulling out their big players and playing with secondary players versus the Babar Azam-led chaps.

Faizan Law
Faizan Law

The analysts and fans query the importance of international cricket that seems to be diminishing as major players prefer playing in leagues over the national duties.

It has been seen whether the Proteas, the Kiwis, or the three Lions, all have packed and flew to play the Indian Premier League (IPL) in recent times or denied playing due to other matters. It is a matter of debate to see significant members refraining play Pakistan.

Now, the English men, having NOC by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), are set to depart for the IPL 2021. Notably, IPL’s schedule clashes with Pak vs Eng two-match T20I series to be coiled up in just two days.

Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Jony Bairstow, Tom Curran, and a few more are set to feature their respective teams in the IPL leaving behind the national duties representing motherland.

It is pertinent to mention that in Pakistan’s lastly conducted tour of England, the ECB pulled out over nine main contestants presenting their COVID reports as an excuse. Notably, they went fine three days later but still did not participate in the series.

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