Former India captain and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar is furious on the English players who left the Indian Premier League (IPL) to play the a series with Pakistan.

Gavaskar urged the Indian Cricket Board to take action against the players who did not participate in the play-off stage of the IPL, asking that fines be imposed on them.

He wrote in his column, “I am in favor of the players choosing the country before anything else but the various franchises are assured of their availability by the players for the entire season.”


“Now if the players leave the league at such a time, it is like demoralizing the franchises, and these franchises probably pay them more in one season of IPL than if they play two or three seasons for their country. Can’t earn,” Gavaskar wrote.

He added, “The franchises should not only deduct a substantial amount from the fee of the players on which they were bought, but also deduct 10% commission from the fee received by each player.”

England’s Will Jacks and Recy Topley are playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore while Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Liam Livingstone are representing the Punjab Kings in the IPL.

Jos Buttler is representing Rajasthan Royals, Phil Salt Kolkata Knight Riders while Moeen Ali is with Chennai Super Kings.

England has announced the 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 and the four-match series against Pakistan, while the English players playing in the IPL have been asked to return home to play the series against Pakistan.