Former English cricketer Angus Fraser wants county teams to let their players play in IPL
Some English county cricketers are being called upon by IPL franchises as injury replacements.
Updated - Apr 12, 2018 1:09 pm
Following the recent string of injuries in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), a lot of players from English domestic circuit are being called up as replacements for the injured players. Recently, Tom Curran joined Kolkata Knight Riders as a replacement for injured Mitchell Starc, whereas David Willey was called upon to replace injured Mitchell Santner of Chennai Super Kings. Former English cricketer Angus Fraser wants this influx of English players in IPL to continue.
Owing to the departures of top-notch players of English county cricket ahead of the season which starts this Friday, the county cricket directors met at Edgbaston on Wednesday to ask the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) tighten their rules regarding the player release for the IPL. But former English pacer and current director of cricket of Middlesex, Angus Fraser wants more and more English players in IPL.
“We’ve always been quite open about it: nowadays a cricketer’s bucket list is Test cricket, one-day internationals, T20, and you want to play in the IPL. I would want to play in the IPL, not just because you earn shed-loads of money, but you want to experience it at least once to say I’ve done that. And for that to be something your cricketers want to do, is fine. Yes it means we’ve got to work around it,” said the owner of 177 Test wickets, as quoted by CricketCountry.
The ‘Vitamin M’ factor
Fraser feels while the IPL will act as a life-changing platform for the youngsters, it will make lives of veterans more comfortable. “For some of them it can be life-changing, but for others, if you go there for three or four years, it means that when you retire in your mid-30s you can do so and be comfortable,” he said.
“You can choose what you want to do rather than having to do something. So to deprive a player of that, I don’t think is right. And we get reasonably well-compensated,” Fraser further added.