England players are unlikely to take part in the rescheduled IPL given their prior international commitments.
The ECB recently made it clear that no English player will be allowed to skip international games because of the IPL.
Eoin Morgan, who is Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper, endured a horrendous IPL season with both bat and as well as captain as the former champions managed just two wins in seven games.
While Aakash Chopra admitted that having a change in leadership in the middle of the tournament isn’t ideal, he said that losing Eoin Morgan might just prove to be a blessing in disguise for KKR.
“Kolkata will lose Morgan, their captain. But would that be such a bad thing? It might just be a blessing in disguise because the performance has not been that good. There are question marks over his captaincy and form,” said Chopra.
“In general, you don’t want to change but if it happens by default that what can they do if a player is not available at all, then they will have to make the change. So, they will be able to manage,” added Aakash Chopra.
Aakash Chopra further reckoned that Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings will be the most affected if England cricketers don’t feature in the rescheduled IPL.
While Rajasthan Royals have the likes of Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler in their set-up, Chennai Super Kings will lose their two key players in Moeen Ali and Sam Curran.
“Rajasthan Royals will be the most concerned. They have Buttler, Stokes and Archer. Stokes and Archer had gone because of injuries but when it happens later, they will become fit but will not be available,” said Aakash Chopra.
“The second team who will be at a loss is CSK. If white-ball cricket is happening at the time, Moeen Ali and Sam Curran will not be available. Moeen Ali was being played at No.3 and bowling a little bit. You get Sam Curran to bowl with the new ball and at the death and promote him in the batting order at times,” added Aakash Chopra.