IPL Chairman Arun Dhumal Goes to War with ECB After English Players Withdraw from 2024 IPL Playoffs - Latest Global News

IPL Chairman Arun Dhumal Goes to War with ECB After English Players Withdraw from 2024 IPL Playoffs

The decision by England cricketers participating in the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup to prioritize domestic commitments over the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 playoffs has sparked a heated debate in the cricket fraternity.

Actually, this is England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) recalled their players from the ongoing IPL 2024 for a crucial four-match T20I series against Pakistan, leaving fans and pundits baffled.

Jos Buttler (RR), Will Jacks (RCB), Phil Salt (KKR) and Reece Topley (RCB) are not available for their team’s IPL 2024 playoffs and this move by ECB has not gone down well with many cricket experts.

Apart from these England players, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran and Liam Livingstone were among the players who left their respective franchises even before the IPL 2024 playoffs began.

Arun Dhumal expresses his frustration over ECB’s decision to withdraw players from the IPL 2024 playoffs

After that, former Indian cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Irfan Pathan publicly criticised the English players for leaving the tournament early and disrespecting the stakeholders. And to further fuel the controversy, IPL Governing Body Chairman Arun Dhumal also expressed his frustration, simply calling the situation “unfortunate”.

Dhumal criticized the ECB for not honoring its commitment to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) regarding full availability of players for the ongoing matches IPL2024. He attributed the miscommunication to a recent change in the ECB leadership scheduling the T20I series during IPL 2024.

Dhumal also pointed out that the new ECB officials either did not know or did not care about the previous commitments made by the previous officials. The IPL GC chairman also revealed that the BCCI will “take necessary corrective measures” on the matter to avoid such a situation in the future and ensure that the Indian league continues to remain the premier destination for the best talent in the world.

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Arun Dhumal was quoted by Sportstar as saying: “It was promised that they would be available throughout the tournament. This time it was indeed very unfortunate how things turned out. Unfortunately, there was a change of guard at the ECB, so the new people who took over the job did not know about the planned bilateral series and wanted to put their best team there. That is what caused the confusion.”

Dhumal further noted: “We have had good discussions with the ECB and hope that this will not happen again in the future. Some people who had previously committed to this are no longer at the ECB, but ideally, even if there had been a change of guard, things should have gone as planned.”

England’s T20I series against Pakistan was scheduled as part of the ICC’s Future Tour Program (FTP) for 2023-2027. This series was confirmed in August 2022, well before Richard Thompson and Richard Gould took up their roles as ECB Chairman and CEO in September 2022 and February 2023 respectively.

Despite this early planning and the ECB’s assurance to the BCCI that players would be available for the 2024 IPL, questions were raised as to whether there was a communication gap between the two bodies.

Following the announcement of England’s squad for the 2024 T20 World Cup, the selected players were immediately recalled for the home T20I series against Pakistan, sparking a debate on the issue.

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