IPL a must for English cricketers, says Middlesex director Angus Fraser

I also wanted to be part of the IPL, reveals Middlesex director Angus.

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Middlesex County Cricket Club Director Angus Fraser said he will never prevent his players in future from featuring in the World’s biggest T20 extravaganza –Indian Premier League (IPL).

Former England seamer further said that the English counties must learn to "work around" leading players' wish to take part in the IPL, and should allow them to feature in the tournament.

He also believes that it is unfair to deprive a player of the Indian T20 league, as it gives them experience with playing some great of the game in the tournament.

According to reports in AFP, Fraser said, “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.”

The England selector signed off by saying, “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. 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.”

 


By Rashmi Nanda - 12 Apr, 2018

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