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Shirin Sadikot in be 04 June 2014 - 01:32pm IST

Strauss wants IPL window for England players

Former captain says, “IPL is a brilliant thing to have happened to cricket”

Not many England cricketers, past or present, have had a first-hand experience of the Indian Premier League, owing to the clash in England’s cricket season with the IPL. Many England players have come out and expressed their wish for the ECB to create a window that enables them to partake in the biggest T20 league in the world.

The latest to join that chorus is former England captain, Andrew Strauss. In India as part of the ICC Cricket Committee, Strauss had his first IPL experience when he was in Bengaluru to watch the Pepsi IPL 2014 Final, between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders. What he saw and felt blew his mind away.

“It is my first IPL experience and it’s incredibly exciting to be here and to sample the atmosphere. It’s like nothing else; it really is fantastic,” Strauss told
IPLT20.com.

“I think the IPL is a brilliant thing to have happened to cricket. You look at the calibre of the players who are playing here and it is really taking the game of cricket forward.

“It’s really difficult to say anything negative about this tournament. It’s been a fantastic addition to the game. To sample it in the flesh is the best way to figure out how good it is,” Strauss said.

Besides Kevin Pietersen, not many England players have been regulars in the IPL since the first season, given their international commitments during that time of the year. While Strauss admits finding the balance is “tricky”, he hopes that ECB can figure out a way to create an IPL window for its players.

“It’s a bit tricky with the English season clashing with the IPL,” he said. “But I think it would be great if players from England could participate as it would benefit them a lot.

“It would also be good for the tournament. But obviously, the ECB don’t want to tinker with their schedule. It’s a question of achieving the right balance, which hopefully will be done at some point.”

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