England news December 19, 2012

IPL could attract more England players - Dhoni

ESPNcricinfo staff

MS Dhoni, India's captain, has suggested that a lack of availability rather than talent will continue to be a barrier for England players wishing to participate in the IPL. Although England's Test series win in India has raised the profiles of several members of the squad, Dhoni said the limited window permitted by the ECB for IPL participation was a "big concern" for franchises.

IPL commissioner Rajiv Shukla had suggested that the likes of Test captain Alastair Cook and Monty Panesar may be of interest when the next auction for international players takes place. However, with England commitments taking a higher priority, Dhoni said only "special" players like Kevin Pietersen would be of interest to franchises.

"Most of the time when the IPL happens, I don't think the English team has a clear period - so they're not available for the full 45 to 50 days of cricket," Dhoni said. "That's a big concern when it comes to some of the IPL franchises.

"The English team have fantastic talent, players who can have a big impact in the shorter format. If most of them were available for the full 45 or 50 days, I could see England players coming to the IPL."

The IPL in 2013 is scheduled to begin on April 3, a week after England finish their tour of New Zealand, and will run until May 26. England's home series against New Zealand begins with the first of two Tests on May 16, further curtailing any potential for involvement. Pietersen and Eoin Morgan are the only current, centrally contracted England players with IPL deals and, when asked, Dhoni was unsure if many others would be joining them in the world's most glamorous T20 tournament.

"Kevin Pietersen is a really different batsman," Dhoni said. "If he's available for half a season, the sides can still gamble that he can play seven or eight games at least. He's a special player. But you have to be that special."

Several members of the England set-up, including Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Matt Prior, entered the 2012 auction only to prove unattractive. Stuart Broad was bought by Kings XI Punjab in 2011 but was ruled out by injury in consecutive seasons before being released. Luke Wright, who is a member of England's T20 squad but not in possession of a central contract, is part of Pune Warrior's squad for 2013.

Despite various obstacles - in Cook's case, not even being considered good enough for England's T20 side - Shukla had suggested that the Test series victory could capture the imagination of franchise owners and public alike.

"I think so, I think it might well do that," Shukla told The Times. "England have done very well and the franchises are most definitely aware of what has been happening in this series. The English domestic schedule can make it difficult for players to play for long here, and franchises will look at that, but these Test matches have definitely raised expectations of the players from television viewers. I am sure Indian people would love to see them again.

"Cook might be one. Test and Twenty20 cricket are different but Indian people know about him now as he made a very good impression. Monty Panesar could definitely be another, he is very popular over here already, and there are probably some others."

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  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    well.....this tells that Dhoni is more comfortable with IPL than test cricket....

  • John on December 21, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Let's hope Dhoni is wrong and more England players don't get picked up by the IPL. As a fan of test cricket, I have no desire to see England go down the same road as India. The worst thing that could happen would be for the various cricket boards to declare a window when only IPL would be played and to see young English players start targeting their style of play towards the IPL. The English T20 competition is bad enough, but at least that doesn't offer huge money for forgetting how to play decent cricket.

  • Sithara on December 21, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    do you really believe that any of wi or nz are in good test in past few years?

  • Deepak on December 20, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    @umangsagar - "after losing 10 tests out of 12, 8 in succession".... Errm, did you forget the 3-match series against WI in Nov 2011 and the two-match NZ series in Aug 2012 or are you just ignoring them? He has lost 10 Tests alright, but in 17 matches and not 12.. Do some recalling before posting such stuff.

  • narbavi on December 20, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @Thilanka Ranasinghe: How come you guys are always coming up with some excuses? other than malinga which other lankan bowler played in the ipl fully? and if you feel that's the reason behind your recent losses to india then i advice you to stop following cricket

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Think people should calm down before criticising Dhoni over these comments. First, I would think that the interview was based on the fact that India have just been beaten in the Test series, so the obvious question is "why hasn't the IPL got hold of any of these rather good players"? to which he gave appropriate answers. Secondly, having a good look at the players might make them easier to beat next time. I have always been a bit surprised that Swann in particular hasn't made it to the IPL, even for a limited period. He was instrumental in England's T20 World Cup win and can tonk the ball a bit too.

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    he he, India Smashed Sri Lankan bowlers after got trained them in IPL.now Dhoni needs to apply the same theory for English players :D.A sport is all about skills. not about money!!

  • Jem on December 20, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    People criticizing MSD should think before they type! The guy was probably asked some questions about English players and the IPL and has answered them accordingly. What was he supposed to say? "Sorry, I refuse to answer that." The fact that cricinfo have chosen to make an article specifically about those particular questions and responses doesn't mean that MSD is only thinking about the IPL. I'm an English fan and hate the extreme bias by most Indian fans on here - but for heaven's sake, don't turn on your own players when they are merely answering questions!!

  • Santhosh on December 20, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Don't worry guys its just a mind game by Mr. Cooool MSD, take it easy. Watch out for the result in t20 and ODI, its INDIA all the way...:)

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Appalling comments by the Indian Captain. As I have mentioned earlier, all he is bothered about it IPL. I think thats what our board also wants. BCCI should sit back and decide whether they want the Indian team to play test cricket at all. Otherwise we should just organise 4 IPLs a year. That way we will never loose as all teams will be from India :)

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