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Michael Vaughan argued that the IPL playoffs would have better prepared England’s T20 World Cup squad than a series against Pakistan.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan threw off the Three Lions by suggesting that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) made a mistake by allowing English players to prioritise national duty over the remainder of the IPL season.

Vaughan, speaking on the Cricket Podcast Network’s ‘Club Praire Fire,’ argued that the high-pressure environment of the IPL playoffs would have been better preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup compared to a T20 series against Pakistan.

“Letting all the players go home might be a missed opportunity. Players like Will Jacks, Phil Salt, and especially Jos Buttler would have benefited from the pressure, crowds, and expectations of the IPL eliminators. Arguably, that’s better preparation than a T20 game against Pakistan,” Vaughan suggested.

While acknowledging the importance of international cricket, Vaughan emphasised the pressure-cooker environment of the IPL. “These players face immense pressure from fans, owners, and social media in the IPL. It’s a massive test. Particularly for Jacks and Salt, I believe staying in the IPL would have been more beneficial than joining a potentially less crucial series against Pakistan,” added the former cricketer.

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Vaughan also pointed to England’s recent struggles in the 50-over World Cup, where team selection changes were criticized. He suggested the desire for stability might be behind the decision to prioritise the Pakistan series as a way to solidify the T20 World Cup squad.

“England wants a settled squad for the T20 World Cup after the criticism they received for squad rotation before the 50-over World Cup,” Vaughan explained.

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Meanwhile, England, the reigning T20 World Cup champions, will open their title defence against Scotland on June 4th with the return of Jofra Archer, who is aiming to regain peak form.



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Last Updated on May 25, 2024