England cricketers’ presence in the Indian Premier League has helped the team achieve the No. 1 rank in white-ball formats and they aren’t forced to choose between playing IPL and playing for England, according to ECB managing director Ashley Giles.

“In my briefings with the players, I have encouraged players to think very carefully about what their programmes are. I have not directed them,” Giles told Sky Sports’ ‘The Hussain and Key Cricket Show’.

“We aren’t forcing either way. The IPL isn’t going anywhere. It has extreme benefits to us. From this group here, I think, we have 12 of the 16 players going to the IPL. Years ago we found it very difficult for players to get into the IPL to experience that tournament. Now all of our players are in high demand and it’s probably the big reason why we are No. 1 in world in both white-ball formats,” Giles said.


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