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England have missed trick by calling back players from IPL ahead of T20 WC: Vaughan

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May 26, 2024 01:54 PM IST

England have missed trick by calling back players from IPL ahead of T20 WC: Vaughan

Chennai, Former skipper Michael Vaughan feels England "missed the trick" by recalling its cricketers from the IPL to play a T20 series against Pakistan, saying it had denied them experiencing pressure-cooker situations of the playoffs, which could have helped them prepare better for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the Americas.

England have missed trick by calling back players from IPL ahead of T20 WC: Vaughan
England have missed trick by calling back players from IPL ahead of T20 WC: Vaughan

Top England players, including skipper Jos Buttler , Phil Salt and Will Jacks were among the players called back home by the England and Wales Cricket Board for a four-match T20I series against Pakistan, leading to severe criticism from several former Indian cricketers including the legendary Sunil Gavaskar.

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In fact, it was skipper Buttler who had pushed for players to get back in the English camp from the IPL to prepare for the T20 World Cup with the series against Pakistan, director of cricket Rob Key had earlier revealed.

"I'm all for international cricket, but now and again this tournament in particular is so exposed to pressure, and these players under a huge amount of pressure from fans, owners social media, it's massive," said Vaughan on a Club Prairie Fire podcast.

"They have missed the trick by sending all their players home. Will Jacks, Phil Salt, Jos Buttler in particular, playing in the IPL in the Eliminations pressure, crowd expectation, I would argue that playing here is better preparation than playing a T20 game against Pakistan," Vaughan opined.

The first match of the bilateral white-ball series in Headingley was washed out on May 22, while England won the second match against Babar Azam's side by 23 runs on Saturday.

Vaughan felt that Salt and Jack, in particular, could have got valuable lessons in handling pressure, which would have served them better in the T20 World Cup beginning on June 2 in the West Indies and USA.

"I just felt particularly those two and Buttler probably not as much, but I still think he could have stayed here. But Will Jacks and Phil Salt, they would have been better prepared staying here playing in the IPL than going back to Headingley to play a game.

Vaughan said he was not "disrespecting" either Pakistan or England with his views but just stating that the standard of IPL is probably "better".

"This tournament is so pressurised and the skill levels are so high, you could argue and I'm not disrespecting Pakistan or the England side... they haven't been playing lot of T20 together. But I would say the standard here would possibly be better than the game that we're gonna at Headingley .

Australian great Adam Gilchrist too felt England players had missed a big opportunity to play in the business end of the IPL.

"I'm sure there's a number of players that could have fulfilled those obligations in the international setup there, but the guys that were actively involved in the IPL in the finals period , yeah, I think that's a missed opportunity, too. Spot on ," said Gilchrist.

"What you're walking out into, what you're learning from, all the various aspects that the glare and the focus and the microscope on you because that's going to prepare you for what they would hope . Every nation hopes to be playing in a World Cup final eventually," he added.

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