Fraser says counties must let players take IPL chance

Several counties have had their plans for the upcoming First-Class Championship season, which starts on Friday, disrupted as a result of late IPL call-ups.

Angus Fraser said that he had no plans to stand in the way of players' IPL aspirations.   -  Getty Images

Angus Fraser has said that English counties must learn to “work around” leading players' wish to take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and not deny them a “bucket list” chance to feature in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.

Several counties have had their plans for the upcoming First-Class Championship season, which starts on Friday, disrupted as a result of late IPL call-ups.

A meeting of county cricket directors at Edgbaston, on Wednesday, called upon the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to tighten regulations regarding players' release for IPL injury replacements.

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However, Middlesex director of cricket Fraser said that he had no plans to stand in the way of players' IPL aspirations, with the former England seamer revealing on Thursday that he would have relished the chance to feature in the franchise event.

“We've always been quite open about it. Nowadays, a cricketer's bucket list is Test cricket, one-day internationals, T20 — and you want to play in the IPL,” Fraser said.

“I would want to play in the IPL, not just because you earn a lot of money, but you want to experience it at least once to say 'I've done that'. So, it’s fine if cricketers go for IPL. Yes, it means we've got to work around it.”

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The England selector added: “For some of them it can be life-changing, but for others, if you go there for three or four years, it means that when you retire, in your mid-30s, you can do so and be comfortable.”

“You can choose what you want to do rather than having to do something. So to deprive a player of that, I don't think is right. And we get reasonably well-compensated.”

This week saw Yorkshire lose England one-day all-rounder David Willey to a late IPL summon from the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

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That took the number of English players involved in the IPL this season to 12 and Fraser did not shy away from the upheaval caused by cricketers leaving counties so near the start of the Championship season.

“It's hard because you can lose important cricketers, and some counties will feel a bit light because of it,” said Fraser.

“We had four or five who went in the auction, none of them got selected. That means we haven't, until injuries been prepared to go into the overseas player market, because we want to crack on with what we've got. However, we've got three or four injuries at the start of the year. Moreover, you can lose players in all sorts of ways.”

The 52-year-old Fraser, who played in 46 Tests, added: “I can understand the frustrations of some counties, and again, the conversations I've had, the coaches at these clubs are happy for the players to go. I suppose it just leaves them in a bit of a predicament when a winter's planning can quickly go out of the window. However, it can do because of an injury too.”

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