Indian Premier League 2016 January 15, 2016

Moeen withdraws from IPL over workload concerns


It is understood there had been interest from an IPL franchise in Moeen Ali © AFP

Moeen Ali has withdrawn from the IPL auction after the ECB raised concerns over his workload.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, contacted Moeen and his representatives today to discuss his involvement in the tournament after papers were lodged to confirm his inclusion in the auction on Thursday.

While Strauss made it clear the final decision was up to Moeen, he did express his concerns over the volume of cricket such an IPL stint could commit Moeen to in addition to his international commitments. As a result, Moeen decided to withdraw.

England are currently playing their second of 17 Tests scheduled for 2016, with Moeen likely to play a prominent role in all of them. He is also likely to be included in the World T20 squad. After a long summer - broken from the winter's tours only by the few weeks in April and May when the IPL will be contested - England head to Bangladesh in September and then, having moved on to India, do not return until a few days before Christmas.

Strauss has previously suggested he was keen for England players to gain experience from such high-profile T20 tournaments. But given Moeen's current selection in all three formats of the game, it was decided that a balance had to be made.

Moeen is understood to be happy with the decision to withdraw from the IPL and gratified that Strauss sees him as such an important part of England's long-term plans.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Steve on January 17, 2016, 15:53 GMT

    Don't know what heavy workload Moeen had had recently. It's not like he scores 100s all the time or plays long innings. Granted he does bowl a few overs extra as the only proper spinner in the team, but it can't be called heavy workload by any means. That said, I doubt he would have be picked by any IPL team. Players who bat a little, bowl a little are dime a dozen in IPL.

  • frank on January 16, 2016, 15:08 GMT

    Moeen part of England's long term plans? I hope that worries the coaches of the international teams as much as it worries me.

  • Piyush on January 16, 2016, 8:03 GMT

    17 tests ??? That sums up pretty well why Moeen withdrew since there will be additional T20s and ODIs. May be next year. All the best Moeen

  • TheRazor on January 16, 2016, 7:25 GMT

    The T20-based tournaments are obviously driven for money, but players from outside India can understand the conditions of the subcontinent which would help them do well in international cricket. Although West Indians dont follow this motive, teams have been able to defeat India due to their understanding of the conditions. The reason the Indians arent doing well in Australia (or other countries) is because their players arent allowed to go outside of India and learning conditions...

  • Krishen on January 16, 2016, 6:13 GMT

    One can't disagree more with comments that IPL is for money only. IPL is by far the best event in yearly cricketing calendar with huge popular support. That is not surprising as IPL involves world's best cricketers in a game of cricket with an attractive duration of 3 hours. IPL is without doubt a premier platform for cricketers to improve their skills in batting, bowling, fielding and above all to develop ability to play under pressure. There has also been a huge growth in infrastructure for cricket in IND with cricketers emerging even from small towns. Also it has enabled BCCI to provide good remuneration to cricketers participating in domestic & international cricket & handsome salaries to talented International cricketers participating in IPL. After start of IPL, IND has won CWC 2011, CT 2013 & reached Final of T20WC 2014 & SF of CWC 2015 beating better teams. Recent 4 losses have been in close matches vs top sides in world (SA-2, AUS-2).

  • Cricinfouser on January 16, 2016, 6:12 GMT

    He is neither a class bowler, nor a batsman, not even a worthy all rounder. England is mindlessly (or cleverly) creating a media hype around him.

  • Iman on January 16, 2016, 5:09 GMT

    ECB should at least compensate Moeen to the minimum base price he had in IPL. One thing, what's with ECB

  • Sammy K on January 16, 2016, 4:40 GMT

    IPL is about giving top cricketers a chance to make decent money. Life in professional sports is short and one should make hay while the sun shines. Even AB acknowledged that and finds it difficult to say no to IPL riches. ECB should consider compensating Moyeen if they are going to prevent him from playing in the IPL. I am glad cricketers today are earning decent money. Stars of the past were paid little and most suffered financial distress both during and after their playing days.

  • david on January 16, 2016, 4:18 GMT

    IPL is all about money because if it could help improve the performance of a player.., India won't be losing so miserably.. in addition T20 format actually wrecks your hard-learned techniques... so Moeen made a good decision...