Englishman Ian Bell lucky to play BPL prior to PSL

Englishman Ian Bell lucky to play BPL prior to PSL

"It promises to be an exciting few months."

Ian Bell
Ian Bell of Warwickshire. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

As far as international cricket is concerned, English right-handed batsman Ian Bell is a veteran having played nearly 300 matches. However, he hasn’t donned the national colours in the last three and a half years. The Three Lions’ batting has under-performed a wee bit, but the selectors have continued to ignore Bell despite his pretty consistent shows in the domestic circuit.

However, the experienced campaigner has quite a few cricketing assignments ahead of him in the upcoming year. He was drafted in by last year’s finalist Dhaka Dynamites for next edition’s Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), which is scheduled to get underway on Saturday, January 5 next year.

Thereafter, he will ply his trade for Islamabad United, last year’s champion, in the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). In the meantime, the 36-year-old reckons that playing the BPL would help him adjust according to the sub-continent conditions before the event in Pakistan.

“I’m lucky that I have the Bangladesh Premier League with Dhaka before the PSL so that will also be in Asia and it promises to be an exciting few months,” Bell was quoted as saying in Sky Sports.

It is out of my control

When asked about his comeback to the England team, he said that it would be a privilege to represent his nation after a long time. Nevertheless, for the time being, the Warwickshire-born batter would want to focus only on his forthcoming challenges.

“It is out of my control as to what can happen on that front. I feel that I am playing at the top of my game – I had a fantastic season in England and I am looking forward to the Bangladesh Premier League and Pakistan Super League challenges.

If an international call-up was to come, then I would absolutely love it again, but for me the focus at the minute is to play the cricket I am playing and enjoy the upcoming challenges,” he added.

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