Tata IPL 2022: The fifteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has taken a blow with the emerging reports claiming England and Australian cricketers’ uncertainty over their participation in the lucrative league due to packed international calender and national duties.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently announced that only 590 cricketers have been shortlisted for the IPL 2022 Mega Auction out of 1214 registered at the initial round. Of 590 shortlisted, 47 players are from Australia while 24 Englishmen have also made it to the final round.
Express pacer Jofra Archer recently also confirmed to take part in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction despite being unavailable for the 2022 cricketing season.
The fifteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to kickstart on March 27 and the tournament will stretch until the end of May. During the Tata IPL 2022, England and Australia, both have their tours lined up with different nations.
Australia has its limited-overs tour of Pakistan between March 29 and April 5. The Australians are expected to miss the first one and half weeks of the IPL due to the tour of Pakistan.
As far as Englishmen are concerned, several of their former cricketers have targeted England’s excessive appearances in the IPL as one of the prominent reasons for England’s decimation against Australia in the recently concluded Ashes.
Moreover, there is a high chance of ECB calling back their test bound cricketers before the completion of the IPL 2022. England is scheduled to face New Zealand in the three matches test series to kickstart their home summer 2022.
Talking on the same issue, an unnamed IPL franchise official said that the BCCI is yet to portray a clear picture of the availability of the England and Australian cricketers.
“In an ideal scenario, we would have preferred to know the availability with the auction list. It helps in planning but there were occasions we were given this crucial the night before the auction,” the official said while speaking to Cricbuzz.
“The IPL 2022 Player Auction Rules and the availability details of Overseas players along with the update on the players who have been reported or banned for suspect bowling action will be sent in due course,” the BCCI has said to the franchises.
In wake of England players pulling out of the IPL 2022, the franchise might show reluctance to invest heavily in the English cricketers.