London: Former England cricket team veteran opener Geoffrey Boycott says that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should deduct the money of English cricketers who prefer the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, Geoffrey Boycott forgot to write in his column that the players participating in the IPL have to pay 10 per cent of the salary to their domestic cricket board.
England players will be available throughout the IPL tournament
England coach Chris Silverwood said last week that England players playing in the IPL would be available for the entire tournament. This means that England players of the teams that reach the final stages of this dazzling league will probably not be available for the opening Test against New Zealand.
Boycott gave this statement
Boycott wrote in the Daily Telegraph, “All these players have made their mark playing international cricket with England and are well paid for it.” Boycott said, “Players forget that if they do not perform well for England, they will not get a chance in the IPL.” In such a situation, he should show his devotion to England and pay his debt.
England matches should not be ignored
The former veteran said, “I don’t want to stop him from earning money, but England’s matches should not be ignored.” He criticized the rotation policy, accusing the ECB of adopting a soft attitude towards the players. Boycott said, “England did not implement the rotation policy in India properly and they have to leave a soft attitude with the players. If the players want to leave the national team and go on holiday, then their money should be deducted. Unless the player confirms his availability for the entire series, he should not be selected.
Boycott asked sharp questions
Boycott said that players can quit the national team by citing mental health, but not the IPL. He said, ‘I can say from the claim that no player will leave the IPL for wife, girlfriends or children.’ The IPL final, which starts from April 9, will be played on May 30, while the New Zealand tour of England will begin with the first Test match to be played on June 2.