IPL window for England players

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The situation is that any England players who might actually be wanted by an IPL franchise will play Twenty20 in India for three weeks and then their next match after that will be a Test match. Anyone see any issues there?

We’ve never played international cricket, we don’t know how much preparation you need for a match and we don’t know how easy it is to switch from Twenty20 to Test cricket.

However, we do read a lot of newspapers and we’ve got a pretty good idea how they work. If Andrew Flintoff is given out lbw playing across the line in the first Test against the West Indies, the British press is going to skewer him, baste him and put him in a massive great oven at 200 degrees until his juices run clear. Then they’re going to slice him up. Then they’re going to eat him for breakfast, lunch and tea.

The media like clear-cut cause and effect and we’re pretty sure they won’t accept any explanation for a poor shot other than the one they choose to apply: ‘he was still in Twenty20 mode’.

It’s an unendurable tidal wave of bickering and recriminations just waiting to happen and it’s utterly, utterly inevitable. It feels like we’ve already fallen out of a plane and for some reason we’ve got a telescope. With the telescope we can look downwards and see a chalk outline on the pavement and it’s got our name written underneath it.

Just like that, only less macabre and much more irritating.


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  1. Moses – if the intended December 2008 playing conditions still apply when the CL comes around again, basically “home” domestic team should get first pick for each player, I believe.

  2. Oh that is interesting, and much better than IPL team gets first right.

    So would that mean Phillip Hughes could be yoinked by Middlesex, or any of our other players on the county circuit?

  3. Might not be the worst thing. Virender Sehwag seems to play in T20 mode a lot. England done it once berfore in 05 at Edgbaston, 400+ after one days batting.

  4. There won’t be any criticism if England wins the first test, the WI series, and especially the Ashes. Sooo, you could consider that trying to avoid the criticism provides a good incentive for the team to win, and is therefore a particularly intelligent and subtle piece of psychological manipulation on the part of the ECB.

    (I’ve just re-read that last sentence and it’s made me fall over with disbelief that anyone could write such drivel – “ECB In Intelligence Shock”, etc.)

  5. A group of guys who aren’t you have got an opportunity to earn a lot of money.

    What an earth does that mean? Have you been on the sauce you northern monkey?

  6. If the Twenty20 mode implies trying to score some runs at a faster pace, it might not be a bad idea.
    If it implies dancing like the guy in the video for the Kings XI Punjab IPL team song, then there is a bad moon rising.
    Let’s hope for the first option.

  7. You and the Metro both busy scaremongering… or are you metascaremongering?

    Metro has England’s IP-Hell on the back today. Surely they should have been saving that for the ducks and dysentry coming their way when they get over there.

  8. Does this mean that ‘normal’ people will become interested in the IPL, and maybe even one or two people at work might have the slightest clue what I’m going on about when I rant on about the Rajasthan Royals?

    Also, how do you know that no-one reading this is going to play in the IPL – maybe Iain O’Brien is updating his blogroll…

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