Former batsman Michael Atherton is blaming the IPL for England’s continuing defeat in the Ashes series. Atherton believes that England players should not ignore international cricket to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Atherton made these remarks after seeing England’s dismal performance in the ongoing Ashes in Australia.
After losing matches in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, the English team under Joe Root lost the five-match series 0–3. The final two Tests are scheduled to be held in Sydney and Hobart, with the final match being a Day-Night Test match. Atherton said the England team management should go back to the drawing board and make some changes going forward.
Atherton categorically stated that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should take decisions keeping in mind the best interests of the team. Over the years, many English cricketers have given more importance to the IPL. All these things he said while writing a column for The Times.
“The leading multi-format players are paid seven-figure sums, but, incredibly, the ECB washes its hands of them for two months of the year during the Indian Premier League. The players should be told that, while the ECB will be accommodating of the request to play in the IPL, a 12-month contract is exactly that, and the granting of a no-objection certificate to play in the IPL and other franchised competitions is contingent on it being in the best interests of the England team,” Atherton wrote on his column in The Times.
“Players should not miss international duty to play in the IPL, nor be rested and rotated to allow them to play elsewhere. The carry-on during the winter, and at the start of the English summer, should not happen again,” Atherton added.