English media says IPL 'major headache' for ECB

London, Apr 4 (ANI): The English media has said that the Indian Premier League may be on a collision course with the English Cricket Board (ECB) if England's top cricketers continue to participate in the lucrative Twnty20 tournament.

Stating that the cricketing world has its eyes fixed on England as the country will host both the ICC Champions Trophy in June and the first of back-to-back Ashes in July, the Mirror said that the IPL has become an integral part of the England cricket establishment even if there are not many England players in the tournament.

According to the paper, the ECB fears that the IPL may take away attention from the county and the domestic tournaments, which may lead to rows or disagreements with English players who want to play in the lucrative Indian tournament.

The paper further said that Kevin Pietersen, as England's marquee player and IPL superstar, is at the front of this desire to get more IPL cricket and therefore money under his belt, but he is not alone.

Matt Prior and Eoin Morgan are among the other England players who may also object to ECB's antipathy with the IPL as they also want to earn the lucrative cash that comes with just being in the tournament, the report added.

The paper further said that ECB is going to have a major headache as the next IPL season will see a mega auction with nearly every player of this season, who are set to be lured with potential three year contracts, adding that the next few years could be the golden age of the IPL in money terms and English players want their share.

ECB also fears that Eoin Morgan's Test career for England could be paused over the next year or two if it he continues to take part in future tournaments, it said.

The battle over the start of the English international summer and the quality of the cricket has begun and the contract negotiations between the players union the PCA and the ECB are not going to be completed without one or other conceding ground, the report added. (ANI)

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