5 Players Who Skipped International Duty to Play in the IPL

Read about the five cricketers who chose the IPL over international duty, putting money before their country’s pride. The article explores the reasons behind their decision and the impact it had on their team’s performance.

5 Players Who Skipped International Duty to Play in the IPL; The days of athletes prioritising playing for their country are long gone. Things have changed dramatically since then. Money trumped the pride of the players who represented their countries. The emergence of the Indian Premier League did a lot of good for the game of cricket, but it also made cricketers chase money rather than play for the country.

Normally, cricket boards avoid scheduling any bilateral series during the Indian Premier League. However, in order to prepare for ICC events or a big series, the board asks players to leave the tournament early in order to represent the country in a bilateral series. Although some players accepted the order, a few others declined to play for their respective franchises in the Indian Premier League. We identified five such players who refused international games for the IPL.

5 Players Who Skipped International Duty to Play in the IPL:


1. Andre Russell:

In the shortest format of the game, the all-rounder is a huge asset. With his exceptional batting and bowling abilities, he can quickly turn the tables for his team. As a result of this, he has become the busiest cricketer in the world in terms of the T20 format. In the meantime, he began to take things for granted, especially when representing the national team became a choice rather than a necessity.

Andre Russell, like Chris Gayle, denied West Indies’ request to play in a tri-series in Dublin with Bangladesh and Ireland ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. Russell’s blistering knocks for KKR demonstrated his worth to the team. He finished the tournament as KKR’s most valuable player, but he struggled in England during the mega event for West Indies and was ruled out midway due to an injury.

2. Ben Stokes:

The English all-rounder made his IPL debut after Rising Pune Supergiant purchased him in the auction for a whopping INR 14.5 crores. He entered the tournament as the best all-rounder in modern history. He demonstrated his worth to the team with his outstanding knocks in the middle for Steve Smith’s side.

Throughout the course, the England Cricket Board organised a bilateral series against Ireland in preparation for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. He obtained special permission from the board to compete in the tournament with Chris Woakes. He did, however, return to England without appearing in the playoffs. In his absence, RPS reached the final but lost to Mumbai Indians by one run.

3. Chris Gayle:

On numerous occasions, the Universe Boss gave the impression that he was the boss of the West Indies cricket board. Chris Gayle plays for West Indies only if he wants to, with no pressure from the selectors. Similarly, when the West Indies Cricket Board organised a tri-series ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019, he preferred to play for Kings XI Punjab.

Chris Gayle chose to play for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League while his teammates were preparing for the ICC World Cup 2019 in Dublin against Bangladesh and Ireland. Later, he joined the West Indies team for the global tournament, where he was named vice-captain.

4. Shakib Al Hasan:

Surprisingly, the modern great of Bangladesh also makes the list. Shakib Al Hasan is one of only a few Bangladeshi players to have played for an IPL franchise. Because of his ability to contribute in all areas, the all-rounder has always been an important player for whichever team he has played for in the tournament. Shakib Al Hasan, like Mohammad Nabi, chose to stay with Sunrisers Hyderabad over international duty for Bangladesh.

With the ICC World Cup 2019 on the horizon, the Bangladesh Cricket Board organised a tri-series with the West Indies and Ireland in order to get enough match practice. However, the all-rounder chose to remain with his team. The veteran all-rounder stated, citing reasons, that the standard of cricket in the IPL is very high, which will help him prepare for the mega event.

Though Shakib Al Hasan received criticism from fans for skipping an international game, the same fans showered him with praise when he proved his worth during the ICC World Cup 2019.

5. Mohammad Nabi:

Let me start this with an interesting stat. Out of 127 ODI games, which were played by Afghanistan, Mohammad Nabi played 124 games of it. You would be wrong if you feel Mohammad Nabi missed those three games because of his poor form or his injuries. He missed them because of the Indian Premier League. Yes, he continued to play IPL by skipping the International game for Afghanistan.

Alongside Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan also missed the series for Afghanistan. Ironically, the first ODI of the series was washed out. However, Afghanistan missed his presence in the remaining games.

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