Irfan Pathan takes a dig at England players’ early exit ahead of IPL 2024 playoffs

May 16, 2024

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Punjab Kings (PBKS) clinched a commanding five-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals (RR) during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 showdown in Guwahati on Wednesday, dealing a significant blow to RR’s aspirations for a top-two spot in the group stage.

Following the match, ex-Indian fast bowler Irfan Pathan shared his perspective on the ongoing debate surrounding English cricketers departing IPL 2024 to join the England squad in preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024.

Irfan Pathan’s bold statement

Pathan’s response follows the English board asking all its players to join the team ahead of the T20 World Cup. Most of the players are either returning home or leaving for the USA, where they will directly join their team. Sam Curran on Wednesday confirmed he will leave for the USA in the coming days.

Pathan possessed a distinct perspective on the ongoing debate that had been fervently discussed for the past few days. “Either play full season or don’t come,” Pathan wrote on X.

Either be available for full season or don’t come!

— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 15, 2024

Also WATCH: Rilee Rossouw takes a stunning catch to dismiss Donovan Ferreira in RR vs PBKS clash | IPL 2024

England players are returning home for T20 World Cup 2024

The ECB announced that England’s T20 World Cup 2024 squad members will not participate in the IPL playoffs. They must return for a forthcoming four-match T20I series against Pakistan. Consequently,Buttler of RR and Philip Salt from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have departed from IPL 2024 following their teams’ qualification for the playoffs.

Apart from Above mentioned players, Moeen Ali from Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Will Jacks, and Reece Topley, representing Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), Jonny Bairstow, Curran, and Liam Livingstone from PBKS are unavailable for the IPL playoffs.

Also READ: Twitter reactions: Sam Curran’s all-round heroics help PBKS thrash RR in Guwahati | IPL 2024

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