Former England captain Michael Atherton had some harsh phrases for the English workforce following the loss within the Boxing Day Take a look at on the MCG. England has already conceded the Ashes after shedding the primary three matches.
In a bid to search out higher red-ball gamers and enhance the present gamers’ efficiency within the longest format, Atherton advised a couple of methods the ECB can go about its enterprise. One among them included the IPL.
“The main multi-format gamers are paid seven-figure sums, however, extremely, the ECB washes its palms of them for 2 months of the 12 months throughout the Indian Premier League. Gamers shouldn’t miss worldwide obligation to play within the IPL, nor be rested and rotated to permit them to play elsewhere. The carry-on throughout the winter, and initially of the English summer season, shouldn’t occur once more.“
“The gamers ought to be informed that, whereas the ECB will likely be accommodating of the request to play within the IPL, a 12-month contract is precisely that, and the granting of a no-objection certificates to play within the IPL and different franchised competitions is contingent on it being in the perfect pursuits of the England workforce,” Atherton wrote in his column for The Instances.
It’s time for another person to have a go – Michael Atherton on England’s captaincy
With Joe Root having reached the top of the rope, it’s time for England to search out one other captain. The 30-year-old Root has been in great kind however his captaincy has been questioned of late. Though the complete blame can’t be on him, the media is expectedly making him the scapegoat for England’s poor performances.
“There have been so many errors right here, from choice to technique, that the captain has to bear private accountability… This might have been a a lot nearer collection had Root acquired issues proper on the sphere.“
“Root has been a very good England captain, and has all the time carried himself beautifully and is an unbelievable ambassador for the game, however having executed the job for 5 years and having had three cracks on the Ashes, together with two terrible campaigns in Australia, it’s time for another person to have a go,” Atherton added.
As of now, England could not have many choices. Solely Ben Stokes is appropriate for the function however the all-rounder has simply returned from a psychological break and handing him the captaincy now might smash his profession.