IPL 2017 February 21, 2017

Stokes, Woakes, Buttler to miss Ireland ODIs

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Ben Stokes will be available to his new IPL franchise, Rising Pune Supergiants, for the full six-week group stage of the competition, after he was given clearance to miss England's two-match ODI series against Ireland that takes place in early May.

Stokes, who was yesterday signed by Supergiants for USD 2.16 million, a record fee for an overseas player, will instead be required to return to England on May 14 to prepare for three ODIs against South Africa in late May that serve as a warm-up for the ICC Champions Trophy.

Jos Buttler, who has been retained by Mumbai Indians after playing in the 2016 IPL, and Chris Woakes, who was acquired by Kolkata Knight Riders for USD 625,000, have also been cleared to take part in the tournament until May 14. Should their teams finish in the qualification slots, it would mean missing out on the knockout stages as well as the final, which is scheduled to take place on May 21 in Hyderabad.

As anticipated, England's captain, Eoin Morgan, will be recalled to England duty sooner than his team-mates, with his availability for his new franchise, Kings XI Punjab, limited to the first month of competition. He is due to return to England on May 1 to prepare for the Ireland matches that take place at Bristol and Lord's on May 5 and 7.

Jason Roy, who was picked up by Gujarat Lions for USD 150000, will also return to England on May 1, as too will Sam Billings, retained by Delhi Daredevils, who may see the Ireland matches as a good opportunity to press his claims for a starting berth in the Champions Trophy, following a decent showing on the recent tour of India.

Tymal Mills, who was signed by Bangalore Royal Challengers for USD 1.8 million and who is limited to T20 matches due to a congenital back condition, is available to his franchise for the duration of the tournament, as is his fellow Sussex seamer, Chris Jordan, who seems unlikely to be back on England duty until the South Africa T20s in late June.

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  • jerrys3999473 on February 28, 2017, 10:05 GMT

    @SURYA_THEFIGHTER that means you are saying that ICC should alter there schedule. ICC programmes should be given priority. BCCi should alter there league programmes keeping the players into mind

  • Elizabeth on February 22, 2017, 13:43 GMT

    Andrew Strauss as captain condemns Kevin Pietersen for wanting to play in the IPL as showing his lack of commitment to England ... Andrew Strauss as Director encourages players to go the IPL and allows them to miss England games to do so (surely proving beyond doubt that Strauss's treatment of KP is down to personal grudge rather than principle). And anyone arguing that this is a harmless development must have missed Jos Buttler's recent interview in India when he said that last year's IPL was the greatest cricketing experience of his life ... and this from a young man who has played Test cricket for his country ...

  • Vaishak on February 22, 2017, 11:44 GMT

    @SURYA_THEFIGHTER..Yeah that's true..It was published online in an English newspaper a few days back..I don't think I shud quote other sources here so u can just search for it online, maybe use search tags 'stokes' and '0.5 per cent' and 'IPL'..

  • ram4fr9677970 on February 22, 2017, 11:04 GMT

    50 over cricket meaningless now a days due to T20. Test and T20 cricket, best way to go forward.

  • John on February 22, 2017, 9:55 GMT

    While i can understand some of the criticism and also see why this may be a frustrating outcome for Ireland who would want to face the strongest team, as an England fan this makes complete sense to me. The South Africa series just before the tournament will see England wanting to field their strongest XI as warm-up to the tournament so these Ireland games are the last chance to experiment a little. England know exactly what Stokes, Woakes and Buttler can do. In addition they will only benefit before a major tournament in playing in the high pressure, intimidating environment of the IPL rather than a less intense ODI. Not to mention the fact that at that time of the year there is every chance that they would be flying back to watch it rain for two days.

  • Surya on February 22, 2017, 9:20 GMT

    VAISHAK13: Stokes will lose 3500 pounds per day of the IPL? Where and how did you arrive this figure? Please let us know.

  • Vaishak on February 22, 2017, 8:31 GMT

    From what's happening conjuring around d globe, something evident is that test cricket still retains its charm..& t20 cricket has gradually encroached into the realm of d 50 over game.People still love d game in whites, it's d other version which doesn't seem to interest players unlike before.The players all want to be part of d test squad, play t20 internationals and franchisee cricket in between and make a few bucks too.Wud have to go with them there.Eng can afford to give a chance to test bout 3 youngsters against Ireland.Surely if it were red ball cricket, guys like Stokes wudnt have given it a miss.& d other thing, they r docked money for playing d IPL.Unlike other boards, Englishmen playing all 3 formats lose 0.5 % per day from their contract for every day spent in d IPL.And those playing only d shorter versions lose 1 % per day. So someone like Stokes will lose about £3500 per day of d IPL.That money wud go to d respective county for their domestic use. That's useful I reckon.

  • niaz on February 22, 2017, 8:05 GMT

    My personal opinion is that KKR should have got rid of Ghambhir, Narine and probably Sakib. They would have a lot of money left. They could easily find Pujara/Tiwari/new indian batsmen to fill in Ghambhir's place. Narine and Sakib both spot can be filled if they could get RashidK (even overpaying him would not be a bad idea). Woakes is a nice addition. They should also get Pretorius. Then they would have enough money to go after Mills. To me Boult is not going to be the end game bowler like Mills or Mustafiz are. Even Cummins is better. 1) Uthappa 2) Pujara/Twari/DBDas 3) Manish 4) Yousuf 5) Suriya 6) Pretorius 7) RashidK 8)Woakes 9) Chawla/Kuldeep 10)Umesh 11) Mills. With RashidK'smystery spin, Mills slowers balls the death bowling is covered. Woakes will be swinging with the new ball... Umesh/Peretorius will do the no nonsense bowling (whenever needed). Ghambhir wastes a lot of balls and then gets out.

  • john on February 22, 2017, 5:05 GMT

    @REHAN JAYASURIYA ..did malinga speak of burnout or for the matter Mahela / Sangakara while they were playing IPL...its the green that talks..can't blame the players ....short career ..lots of matches..injuries...they also have families to support

  • Surya on February 22, 2017, 4:17 GMT

    cricfan38184682: BCCI did blunder? Did you wake up just now? Check when IPL had started, which is year we are now. And, each year it plays same time. How come, suddenly you started crying on schedule.

    cricfan03284342: Give us a break when you said Stokes should be ashamed for not considering playing for England against Ireland. Let us know what's the purpose of these tournaments now and then (one is currently going on - SL vs Aus T20 series where all top Aussie players are not participating). These kind of meaningless series have to be planned in such way that top players should take part in franchises and earn money for their future. Its the running cricket board should think and release the players for best interest of players, fans, cricket and its popularity.

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