Contrary to the ECB’s concerns, newly appointed England captain Andrew Strauss feels his team-mates can play in the Indian Premier League without compromising on their national duty.
Strauss said English players will have no problem playing in the IPL if the England and Wales Cricket Board, Professional Cricketers Association and the IPL authorities come up with an amicable solution.
However, negotiations are on between the ECB and PCA to find out a solution for the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff to play in the second edition of the IPL starting April 10.
“There’s a huge will on behalf of the players, the PCA and the ECB to get it done and dusted as soon as possible. Everyone will work as hard as they can to ensure it’s done before the cricket starts.
“From the players’ point of view, there are huge opportunities there financially. We need to find a way of marrying the opportunities available to the players and making sure the players are able to commit themselves to playing for England,” he told reporters on Tuesday.