Harry Gurney Enters Debate as Michael Vaughan Suggests Tom Banton to Skip IPL for Somerset
Tom Banton is the star performer in the shorter formats. But he is unable to create an impact in the longest formats. Former England captain Michael Vaughan opines that Banton should skip the Indian Premier League (IPL) and focus on County Championship. While England pacer Harry Gurney is solely against the advice of Vaughan.
Banton was snapped up by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the upcoming season for his base price of INR 1 crore in the IPL 2020 Auction.
Vaughan suggests Tom Banton play for Somerset:
Vaughan urges ECB to withdraw the name of Banton from the upcoming IPL season so that he could play in the County Championship. He believes playing county championship for Somerset will improve the game of Banton rather than being a part of the cash-rich league in India.
“If I were in charge I would be on the phone this week to Tom Banton telling him to give up his IPL deal and play the first few weeks of the county season for Somerset because there is a slot available at No 6 in the Test side,” Vaughan wrote in a column for Telegraph Sport.
“I have seen enough of Banton to know he is a superstar in the making. I’m not sure a stint in the IPL right now when he might not get a lot of game time, is what he needs at this stage of his career.
“The IPL can wait. He has plenty of time to go to India. He needs to play four-day cricket and score some early hundreds,” Vaughan further wrote.
Meanwhile, Gurney, who has played eight matches for KKR so far, shared two options for 21-years-old and asked to pick between one of them.
“Option A: Rub shoulders and train with Morgan, Narine, Russell, and Cummins on a daily basis. And potentially play in front of 70,000. Option B: Nick off to a medium pacer on a green one in 8 degrees in front of a few hundred pensioners.”
Rub shoulders and train with Morgan, Narine, Russell and Cummins on a daily basis. And potentially play in front of 70,000.
Nick off to a medium pacer on a green one in 8 degrees in front of a few hundred pensioners.
— Harry Gurney (@gurneyhf) January 23, 2020
The exciting prospect Banton was the breakout star of the 2019 domestic season which helped him to earn up the call on the national side in November, last year. He has played three T20Is but didn’t have great outings.
Seeing his performance in 2019, he caught the eye through the world which also got him the deal from KKR for the upcoming season.
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