News Americas, LONDON, England, Mon. Aug. 19, 2019: England cricketers could be available for the entirety of 2020’s Indian Premier League, which would be the first time since the division’s inception 11 years ago.
Players attached to England’s national side have had to jet back home during IPL cricket season for the past 12 terms due to international obligations but things are very likely to be different next year as the nation’s tour to Sri Lanka is set to end on March 31 and their three-Test series against the West Indies on English soil won’t start until the first week of June.
That will leave team members free to lend full participation to the seven-week tournament as it starts in early April.
Former director of England cricket Andrew Strauss had worked to increase the availability of his players in order to fully prepare them for the 2019 World Cup, which they won last month. Their focus has now switched to the Twenty20 World Cup taking place in Australia next year and, while new director Ashley Giles has said that Test cricket must become a priority, the players believe they will be allowed to skip the start of the international summer.
Australia is the current favorite to win the T20 and you could see your latest free bet no deposit offers at Bookies Offers if you’re keen on placing a bet. Bet365 is offering odds of 11/4 on the Australians winning the tournament on their home soil while they have India at 7/2. England is at 7/2 as well with Ladbrokes, who also has odds of 6/1 on New Zealand emerging victorious.
As for the IPL, the Mumbai Indians and Hyderabad Sunrisers are the favorites with Bet365, both at 4/1. The Chennai Super Kings are 5/1 with William Hill and the Delhi Capitals are 9/2 with Betfair.
Meanwhile, England captain Eoin Morgan has not given a final answer as to whether or not he will lead the side into next year’s tournament, with the left-handed batsman having taken time to think about his future in the wake of his nation’s World Cup triumph. He is very likely to return, however, as he has the full support of the team and the England and Wales Cricket Board. Morgan is also expected to be a franchise captain at next year’s IPL although he missed the last two auctions. And, with his close friend Brendan McCollum taking over as Kolkata Knight Riders coach recently, there are rumors the two could reunite there.