Former England captain Michael Vaughan thinks that the exposure from Indian Premier League (IPL) will help England earn extra edge in their quest to win the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which starts from June 1. The tournament, which is also known as the ‘Mini World Cup’, will feature top eight One-Day Internationals (ODI) teams and it must be remembered that West Indies, one of the full members, will not be taking part in the tournament as they had missed out on the qualification by the cut-off date. Coming back to what Vaughan stated, he feels Kevin Pietersen was right about IPL
“Playing in the IPL is a tremendous experience. It should’ve been done years ago. Kevin Pietersen was right,” the former England captain told Press Association. “He was completely right in terms of saying the England players should’ve been allowed to play a lot more,” Vaughan added.
Vaughan continued to put forth his opinion and said that missing couple of Ireland matches does not matter much. “I think it’s going to move England on, I think it has. Most of the one-day team have been given this opportunity to play in (Australia’s) Big Bash and now they’ve got the IPL. I think it just furthers their white-ball education. I can’t see anything but positives. England players should be involved in these types of leagues and if it means they miss a couple of Ireland games, I’m all for it.”
England will be hosting the tournament for the record third time and they are yet to claim the trophy for once. In the last Champions Trophy, which was played in 2013, England lost to India in the final by five runs. Talking about England’s record in the tournament’s history and what lies ahead, Vaughan said, “The last two Champions Trophies here we’ve not had a great team and we’ve managed to sneak to the final by default, really. Whereas this team are a really good team. They’ve certainly got all the tools and ingredients to win, but you don’t just win on paper. Joe Root said yesterday ‘this is a great chance for England to win a tournament’. So they all know that they’ve got enough. It’s just whether they can deliver. They’ll fancy their chances, so they’ll certainly be here.”
So far, in all eight editions of Champions Trophy history, England have reached the finals twice and both the times they lost. The first time they reached final was in 2004, where they lost to West Indies by 2 wickets and then in 2013. England are placed in Group A and will face Bangladesh, New Zealand and Australia in the group stage matches.