England batman Dawid Malan will play for Punjab Kings in the 2nd half of the 2021 edition of IPL. Malan knows for sure that he will play in IPL. But when it comes to T20 World Cup and Ashes series later this year, the 33-year-old is unsure about his position.
Malan is currently not included in England’s playing XI despite the batsmen being a top ranked player when it comes to T20I.
However, the left-handed batsmen made a comeback in the ongoing test series between England and India at Headingly, Leeds. Malan scored 70 runs in 128 balls for the English side replacing Dom Sibley. Even after scoring a fifty, the latter claims that this innings does not guarantee his entry into the test squad against Australia later this year.
“The only guarantee we have at the moment is IPL — we don’t know if we’re going to the World Cup and we don’t know if we’re going to the Ashes, so it leaves us in quite a tough situation. I think all possibilities but at the moment I’m committed to the IPL. Yeah, that’s where I am at the moment. Nothing sort of changed at the moment, maybe we can reassess,” he said at a virtual press conference after the second day’s play.
Dawid Malan does not want to skip the IPL as his position in the T20 squad and the Ashes is not guaranteed. If he is picked in both squads during IPL, then it will be close to six months of bubble life which is definitely tough for any individual. Therefore the 33-year-old demands clarity from the selectors so that he can act accordingly.
“Say you give up the IPL and you don’t get picked for either of the England squads, then you’ve given up the IPL. There is no guarantees at the moment, it (Ashes) is still a long way to go. There is five innings left in the Test series so far.
“…or if you go to IPL and then you get selected after you’ve gone to IPL, then you’re sat in the bubble for five-and-a-half months. Hopefully we can get some answers and we can find some time to get a rest out of these bubbles,” Malan added.
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