'Playing IPL is better preparation than playing T20 match against Pakistan': Michael Vaughan slams England's decision to recall players | Cricket News


Ancient England Captain Michael Vaughan has slammed the England Cricket Board over its decision to recall players from Indian Premier League (IPL) for the T20I series against Pakistan.
The England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) decision has been hotly debated since England players Will Jacks (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Phil Salt (Kolkata Knight Riders) and If butler (Rajasthan Royals) and the rest were ordered to return to international duty.

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Buttler, Salt and Jacks would have featured in the IPL playoffs, which Vaughan and former Australian captain Adam Gilchrist consider a “missed opportunity”. Instead, they were recalled in time for the first T20I against Pakistan on May 22 at Headingley, which was accidentally washed out by rain.
“I think England missed a trick by sending all their players home,” Vaughan said on the 'Club Prairie Fire' podcast. “I think of Will Jacks, Phil Salt, Jos Buttler in particular, playing in the IPL in the playoffs, the pressure, the crowd, the expectations, I would say playing here is better preparation than playing a match T20 against Pakistan.”
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Vaughan went on to clarify that he is not asking to put club cricket ahead of international duty and that his comment is based on the comparison between the pressure of playing in the IPL playoffs and in a T20 international in the point of view of preparation for the Future T20 World Cup in June.
“I'm all for international cricket, but… this tournament (IPL) in particular is so exposed to pressure… players are under enormous pressure from fans, owners, social media; It’s huge,” the elder said. drummer.
“I just felt Buttler, probably not as much, but I still think he could have stayed here, but Will Jacks and Phil Salt, I think they would have been better prepared (for the T20 World Cup) by staying here and playing in the IPL than returning to Headingley to play a match (T20I).
“No disrespect to Pakistan or England. They haven't played a lot of T20 cricket together but I would say the standard here (IPL) might be better…” Vaughan added.
Gilchrist, who was also part of the podcast episode, agreed with Vaughan's opinion.
“I'm sure there are a number of (English) players who could have fulfilled those obligations (for the T20I series against Pakistan) in the international setup there, but the guys who have been actively involved in the 'IPL, during the final period (should have stayed behind). I think it's a missed opportunity, exactly,' Gilchrist said.
The IPL final will be played on Sunday in Chennai between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, which will be followed by the T20 World Cup starting on June 2 in USA and West Indies.



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