IPL 2021: England’s Pakistan tour cancellation good news for IPL, all English players to remain available for playoffs

IPL 2021: England's Pakistan tour cancellation good news for IPL, all English players including Eoin Morgan to remain available for playoffs
IPL 2021: England's Pakistan tour cancellation good news for IPL, all English players including Eoin Morgan to remain available for playoffs

IPL 2021 Phase 2: ECB’s Pakistan tour cancellation good news for IPL: As England finally pulled the plug on the Pakistan tour, it bears good news for IPL franchises. The two-match warm-up games for T20 World Cup were slated for October 13 & 14 in Pakistan and that would have forced the English players including KKR captain Eoin Morgan to pull out of the IPL 2021 as the playoffs are slated to begin on October 10 with the final on October 15. As the tour is cancelled, now all players will be available for the entire tournament.

England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) allowed players to play in the IPL on the basis that they will join the national camp for Pakistan series. But as the tour is now cancelled, all the players — Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Sam Billings amongst others can now remain with their respective teams for the entire tournament.

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IPL 2021: England’s Pakistan tour cancellation good news for IPL, all English players to remain available for playoffs

England players in IPL 2021 Phase 2:

Eoin Morgan (KKR) – England captain
Sam Curran (CSK) – Important T20 player
Moeen Ali (CSK) – Important T20 player
Tom Curran (DC) – Could have been called up
Sam Billings (DC) – Important T20 player
Chris Jordan (PBKS) – Important T20 player
Jason Roy (SRH) – Important T20 player
Adil Rashid (PBKS) – Important T20 player
George Garton (RCB) – Uncapped
Liam Livingstone (RR) – Important T20 player

IPL 2021: England’s Pakistan tour cancellation good news for IPL, all English players to remain available for playoffs

The cancellation will help Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings who have key English players in their Playing XI. For example, Eoin Morgan is KKR’s captain while Liam Livingstone is expected to play a big role for RR. As for Punjab, Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid will be two important players.

IPL 2021: What could have been the impact if PAK vs ENG had not been cancelled?

  • KKR would have lost their captain and the most important batsman at No 4 had they qualified. Although chances of their qualification are slim.
  • Rajasthan Royals who are already without their three English players would have lost Liam Livingstone, who is expected to lead RR’s batting. provided they qualified for the playoffs.
  • Chennai Super Kings’s No 3 and off-spinner Moeen Ali would have been a big miss. Not only he is a solid batsman but his bowling could have helped as the pitches get slower.
  • Punjab Kings would have been dealt a big blow with both Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan missing out. Both are important bowlers.

IPL 2021: ECB cancelled the Pakistan tour after New Zealand pulled out at the last minute citing a credible security threat on Kiwi players. ECB said it would take a call on the tour at an appropriate time after assessing the security. On Monday, ECB finally announced their decision.

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IPL 2021: “We understand that this decision will be a significant disappointment to the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to host the return of international cricket in their country. Their support of English and Welsh cricket over the last two summers has been a huge demonstration of friendship. We are sincerely sorry for the impact this will have on cricket in Pakistan and emphasise an ongoing commitment to our main touring plans there for 2022,” the ECB said in a statement.

“The mental and physical well-being of our players and support staff remains our highest priority and this is even more critical given the times we are currently living in. We know there are increasing concerns about travelling to the region and believe that going ahead will add further pressure to a playing group who have already coped with a long period of operating in restricted Covid environments,” it added.