Moeen Ali To Play Birmingham League After Suspension Of IPL 2021
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Moeen Ali To Play Birmingham League After Suspension Of IPL 2021

Moeen Ali, England all-rounder is set to return to action on Saturday when he makes an appearance in the Birmingham League for West Bromwich Dartmouth (WBD) against Walsall, after the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

The inclusion of Moeen Ali and the stability in their batting order played a massive role in CSK’s revival in IPL 2021. As both Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu hadn’t played any competitive cricket before the IPL 2021, MS Dhoni went with Moeen Ali at No.3. The move paid off well as the English all-rounder amassed 206 runs at an average of 34.33 and a strike rate of 157.25.

Moeen Ali (Photo Credit : CSK Twitter Handle)
Moeen Ali (Photo Credit: CSK Twitter Handle)

Moeen Ali Received Approval From The England Team Management To Play For WBD

Moeen Ali, who plays for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL, received approval from the England team management to play for WBD, according to cricinfo.com. He had recently returned home from India. The all-rounder will be joined at the club by his brother, Omar Ali, and cousin Kabir Ali, a former England pace bowler. Another cousin, Ismail Mohammed, also plays for the side.

Kabir Ali was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury Getty Images
Kabir Ali was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury Getty Images

Moeen Ali’s elder brother, Kadeer Ali, is the regular captain of the club but the former Gloucestershire and Worcestershire batsman is currently coaching the Worcestershire first team. In Kadeer Ali’s absence, Kabir Ali will captain the side. Kabir Ali played one Test against South Africa at Headingley in 2003, and 14 ODIs for England, picking up 20 wickets at an average of 34.10.

Ashley Giles: ECB Will Rest Some Of Their Players After Test Series Versus India As England Has A Hectic Schedule With Bangladesh, Pakistan Limited Overs Tour Before T20I WC 2021 And Ashes

Meanwhile, several England cricketers, who have returned from the IPL, are likely to be a part of the county action in the round of games starting on June 3. The England and Wales Cricket Board will take a decision on the players in the coming days. It is worth mentioning that a total of 14 English cricketers were part of IPL 2021 before the tournament was postponed after players and support staff from multiple franchises tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.

Ashley Giles GARETH COPLEY/GETTY IMAGES
Ashley Giles GARETH COPLEY/GETTY IMAGES

Former England spinner and ECB Director of Cricket for men’s team Ashley Giles, who had hinted against the possibility of centrally contracted English players playing in the second phase of IPL 2021, has once again voiced a practical opinion keeping the best interests of English cricket in mind.

Speaking to the reporters, he revealed that ECB will rest some of their players after a five-match Test series against India. It is worth mentioning that England is scheduled to play white-ball cricket in Bangladesh and Pakistan before the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup 2021. Having said that, he made it a point to repeat his words on the lines of what he had said before with respect to not exhaust the English players before the world event and Ashes 2021-22.

Barring Sam Billings and Liam Livingstone, all the other 12 players are ECB centrally contracted players. Assuming that IPL 2021 will go ahead without English players, Rajasthan Royals (Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer), Chennai Super Kings (Sam Curran and Moeen Ali), and Kolkata Knight Riders (Eoin Morgan – captain) will be the most affected franchises.

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