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Hopps: England can't be two-faced on IPL promise

ESPNcricinfo's UK Editor David Hopps talks to Raunak Kapoor on the disruption caused by the IPL to English cricket

January 9, 2014

Posted by   on (January 11, 2014, 3:01 GMT)

England must accept Ashes defeat gracefully. Nothing wrong getting beaten in a return series with such an intense fight. Any team could have lost as badly. The only fault was to agree with CA to have back to back Ashes. Now blaming others does not make sense. England is a small country has the limitation in numbers by talents. Moreover Cricket is not much popular there too. With that in mind their achievement in last 4 years has been pretty excellent. They just have to give some rest to their players -- they played 15 tests last years. They will again get rejuvenated and produce good results.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 10, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

One point I'll pick from Mr Hopps interview is that he says the 1st international series of the summer is a one day series vs SL. Is it just me or can anyone else see KP taking part in little/no shorter format cricket anyway? The other point I wonder about is that if KP does do IPL , he'll then overcompensate if/when he plays tests again. I think our test players have done themselves no favours whatsoever if they want to play IPL. I'm not sure Stokes would be picked up anyway. For me KP should play IPL. Buttler should definitely do IPL this year

Posted by attilathecricketer on (January 10, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

English players should have choice to play IPL - equally like in the rugby with players going to France the coach has the choice not to pick them. If you choose to have a central contract then you should obey the ECB decisions. Pietersen, if he chooses to be centrally contracted, should be made to play at least 1 first class game before the tests (pre or post one dayers). I would like to see how Broad, Hales and Buttler do in the IPL.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 3:02 GMT)

One has to admit that you can not have good money without excellent cricket played by the talented cricketers nor can you have good cricket without big money. So need to have a debate about it.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (January 9, 2014, 22:51 GMT)


Sunil Narine is miles ahead of his WI contemporaries because of the experience he picked up in the IPL ...

All Test cricketers who play in the IPL , have learned how to deal with Indian Conditions ....

I think the WI 20/20 team being almost at home in India may quicker beat India in Tests in India than the WI Test side

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 9, 2014, 21:50 GMT)

Well, England cannot be snobby about the IPL any more. The time has come for their players to embrace the BEST T20 league in the world and LEARN to play aggressive, high octane cricket which will ensure there won't be any more 5-0 whitewashes against Australia or any team in the future. Look at some prime examples, Mitchell Johnson became the bowler he is now thanks to the Mumbai Indians. George Bailey is an attacking limited overs batsman because he played for CSK. There are lots of examples to choose from. KP found his mojo after playing a near full season for Delhi Daredevils. So England need to be open about the IPL and encourage their players to participate in it. They will only gain from that experience.

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