England have hosted the West Indies and Pakistan and currently playing against Australia at home. This comes as a major success for the board as they have been able to host three consecutive teams in a matter of time. England are also host to the Vitality T20 Blast from August 27 and will go on till October 3.
England all-rounder David Willey is the captain of Yorkshire Vikings in the tournament. He said that as IPL and the Vitality T20 Blast were coinciding he chose to deny the former opportunity to lead Yorkshire. He also added that if there is an opportunity again from the IPL, he might consider it.
“I had an offer. The problem is there’s a crossover with the Blast and the IPL, so I said I’m available from when the Blast finishes. I want to captain Yorkshire in the Blast and see that through, so if there’s an opportunity that comes after that (IPL), great. There may still be opportunities which I’m open to,” he told the Yorkshire Post.
“Again, there’s been a bit of interest there. But the issue for me there will be family travel. I’m not willing to spend that long away from my family. If that changes, I’ll bite someone’s hand off to get over and play, play any of the franchise cricket really, but it’s just weighing everything up,” the former Chennai Super Kings pacer added.
IPL 2020 will be played entirely in UAE due to the pandemic situation forcing the cricket board to host the tournament away from India. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah will be the three venues used for the tournament. Dream 11 have been named as the sponsor for the upcoming season of the tournament after VIVO pulled out.
All the franchise have arrived in UAE with some of the foreign players still to join the squad. Players from England and Australia will join their respective franchises once their ongoing three-match T20I series concludes.