Why the England Cricket Board should be encouraging IPL participation

MS Dhoni A player With The Proverbial X Factor (©GettyImages)

At the moment there are no players with the proverbial X factor in the England Cricket team. There are good cricketers but no one in the current national team in any form of the game has shown the ability to turn games in England’s favour when it counts.

There are no batsmen in the England team like MS Dhoni, Kumar Sangakkara or Glen Maxwell who can turn matches in their countries favour. In the bowling department there is no Mitchell stark, Dale Steyn or Mitchell Johnson who have the ability to intimidate batsmen with sheer pace.

Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Vaughan have both pointed out that one-day cricket has moved on and progressed and left the England cricket team behind. The one day game has progressed due to the advent of twenty/twenty cricket and the Indian premier league (IPL).

Embrace change

The world’s best players get drafted into the Indian Premier league (IPL) and it’s clear to see that there are no current England internationals in the IPL competition this year. In the IPL the world’s best cricketer’s play against each other regularly in front of huge crowds of adoring fans.

The contrast of fortunes is very clear to see as England have failed dismally at the World Cup in Australia, all while India on the other hand are unbeaten in the pool stages.

Time for a rethink

The common denominator of all the outstanding performances so far at this year’s world cup is that it’s the players that play in the IPL that are performing well.

Kevin Pietersen the only player from England drafted into an IPL franchise has stated that he is willing to turn his back on the IPL to try and regain his place in the England team. The England cricket board should be encouraging players to play in the IPL to help the one day game progress.

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