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England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have apologised English county Yorkshire for recalling three fast bowlers with the likes of Liam Plunkett, David Willey and Mark Wood from the domestic match, who in March were named to be the part of a 50-over domestic match between Yorkshire and Durham at Headingley.
“England have been in touch with us and explained that they’ve reassessed the situation,” Martyn Moxon, who is Yorkshire director of cricket was quoted by Yorkshire Post.
The reports suggested that Yorkshire officials have admitted that national cricket body termed it as a complete misunderstanding before tendering the apology to the club.
“They’ve held their hands up and apologised and said that they’ve probably made a mistake on this, in that it’s been a bit of an oversight when the original email (regarding player availability) was sent out (in March). We’ve accepted that and we move on,” Moxon added.
Causing a stir on Tuesday when ECB issued a statement which stated the fast bowlers are scheduled to play against Ireland which will kickstart from Friday (May 5).
Whereas, England’s Director of Cricket and former Test skipper Andrew Strauss stated it was difficult to manage players and their availability while owing to the packed cricket calendar in his recent statement.
“This was always going to be a difficult summer in terms of managing the workload on our England players, with such a hectic schedule including the Champions Trophy as well as seven Tests, followed by an equally busy winter in Australia and New Zealand,” Strauss asserted.
However, the statement suggested that the trio would be rested which further saw English county sides caught in little surprise over the announcement which was later on cleared as the trio will participate in the upcoming match.
“The good news is that all our England lads are being allowed to play next week, which we hadn’t been expecting and is a big bonus.
As England Test skipper is also participating in the match, there are also two other players like wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and leg-spinner Adil Rashid followed by Australian recruit Peter Handscomb.
“I think there’d been a little bit of misunderstanding from the England side of things as to the logistics of today’s (Wednesday’s) games,” Moxon concluded.
However, Moxon expressed satisfaction while stating there has been a cordial relation between ECB and Yorkshire in the recent past which has also seen Moxon communication with ECB members and England national team coach Trevor Bayliss.
On the other side, Strauss expressed satisfaction over the support for the national team before adding we are trying to play the best team as there are many challenges ahead for the cricket team.
“We appreciate all of this causes disruption for counties and frustration for their supporters, and we are grateful to them for seeing the big picture in appreciating the need for us to ensure that key players remain in the best possible condition for the challenges ahead,” Strauss concluded.
Last month, Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale was livid after Jonny Bairstow was rested for the initial phase of the domestic leg.