England in India 2020-21 – Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow believes that the contract status of England’s white-ball cricketers makes them fair game for lucrative deals on the T20 franchise circuit, after Moeen Ali capped a difficult week on the Test front with a huge pay-day at the IPL auction.

Moeen was picked up by Chennai Super Kings for INR 7 crore (US$959,000), only days after his Test captain, Joe Root, had inadvertently suggested he “chose” to skip the final two Tests of the India series rather than take a break that had been pre-arranged with the ECB.

And Bairstow, who joined Sunrisers Hyderabad on a INR 1.5 crore (US$200,000) deal in 2019, insisted that the sums of money available at the IPL were “very hard for anyone to turn down”, but especially for players such as himself and Moeen, who play for England in all three forms of the game, but are contracted only for T20I and ODI matches.

“I think that’s part and parcel of the game at the moment,” Bairstow said, having rejoined the Test squad after missing the Chennai leg of the series. “You’ve got guys who are red-ball contracted or white-ball contracted, some guys who’ve got both contracts. For guys who are white-ball contracted, being able to go and play in the IPL is something you can’t say ‘don’t go’, because that’s kind of the contract they’ve got in England.”

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