Watch: Michael Vaughan brutally roasts Mohammad Hafeez as the latter slams Jos Buttler's ‘IPL window free of internationals’ remark

Published - 22 Jun 2024, 05:05 PM | Updated - 22 Jun 2024, 05:07 PM

Mohammad Hafeez and Michael Vaughan
Mohammad Hafeez and Michael Vaughan (Image Credits: Twitter)

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez questioned Michael Vaughan and Adam Gilchrist about England skipper Jos Buttler's remarks prioritizing the IPL over international cricket. Michael Vaughan supported Jos Buttler's comments, stating that cricket boards should allow players to play in the IPL season.

Jos Buttler recently stated that there shouldn't be any international cricket that clashes with the IPL. Buttler's remark came after leaving the IPL early to join England for a T20I series against Pakistan. Buttler backed the ECB's decision to prioritize national duties but criticized the scheduling conflicts with the cash-rich league.

Jos Buttler, Phil Salt, and Will Jacks missed the IPL 2024 playoffs for their respective teams. Two out of four T20Is in the series between England and Pakistan were affected by rain. Buttler's absence impacted the Rajasthan Royals, as they were unable to advance to the final after losing to SunRisers Hyderabad.

I Actucally Agree With Jos Buttler - Michael Vaughan

Speaking on the 'Club Prairie Fire' podcast with Michael Vaughan and Adam Gilchrist, Mohammad Hafeez asked Michael Vaughan and Adam Gilchrist's views on Jos Buttler's comments. Vaughan highlighted the influence of the IPL in cricket today, adding that players receive significant rewards.

Vaughan highlighted that the PSL 2025 and IPL 2025 would impact the English summer due to many English players participating in both leagues instead of county cricket. The former England captain expressed concern about the potential effects on the county cricket schedule during April and May next year.

"I actually agree with him. I think that IPL juggernaut now has become it's so big. I just think the IPL has become so powerful and so big. It's because the players get so well rewarded for going there. It's just the nature of the beast in 2024 I'm afraid it's the modern ways the modern thinking whether it's absolutely morally right is a very good question but I just think the IPL is such a big juggernaut now that it's very very hard for these international boards to compete with it," Vaughan said.

"So the safest way is to actually allow your players to go and play in it. I know Pakistan Super League is gonna compete with it next year which will be interesting. It will affect the English summer more than any other country because there'll be so many players from England playing in the IPL and the PSL. The county cricket schedule from April and May next year there'll be a lot of missing which will be a great shame," he added.

Adam Gilchrist agreed with Vaughan's view that domestic cricket would suffer due to players' commitments to the IPL. The former Australian cricketer acknowledged that cricket boards will need to accept this reality, noting that T20 leagues such as the IPL and PSL attract players away from domestic competitions.

Hafeez disagreed with Vaughan and Gilchrist, criticizing Buttler's statement that 'no international cricket should clash with the IPL'. The former Pakistan captain emphasized that representing the country is of utmost pride to him and added that a national captain would prioritize national duties over the IPL.

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