England Players To Miss Later Stage Of IPL 2022 To Prepare for NZ Test Series

England Test players set to miss latter stages of IPL
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England Players To Miss IPL 2022: The ECB are expected to pull England’s Test players out of the latter stages of the IPL 2022 so they can prepare for the three-match series against New Zealand which kicks off the home summer.

Some of the leading England Test cricketers, including pace bowler Mark Wood and middle-order batter Jonny Bairstow, are among the 22 players from the county to have enrolled in the list of players registered for the IPL 2022 mega auction next month while Jos Buttler has been retained by the Rajasthan Royals.

England Players To Miss Later Stage Of IPL 2022

IPL 2022 Mega Auction is scheduled to host in Bangalore on February 12 and 13. Ahead of the IPL 2022 Mega Auction, all 8 existing IPL teams announced their retained players list which also determines the remaining purse value with which the franchise could enter the mega event.

IPL 2022 Mega Auction Date
IPL 2022 Mega Auction

Every franchise will be keen to build their IPL 2022 squad with a combination of England players, but the unavailability of England players might end up as a huge blow for the entire IPL 2022 Mega Auction.

If England cricketers play the full duration of the IPL, it would most likely make them unavailable for the Lord`s Test as they would have no preparation whatsoever in red-ball cricket before taking on the reigning World Test champions.

Twenty-two English players have registered for the mega IPL auction, including several who have been in England’s recent Test plans. Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Craig Overton, Sam Billings and Dan Lawrence were all part of the Ashes squad and are currently on the auction list.

Jos Buttler, who was also in Australia, has already been retained by Rajasthan Royals although Joe Root, Ben Stokes, and Chris Woakes have already ruled themselves out.

While the IPL 2022 schedule hasn’t been announced, it is likely to be held between March 27 and the last week of May, giving absolutely no time for the England Test cricketers to prepare for the home series against the Black Caps.