England have a busy international schedule from June onwards and the players are unlikely to be available for the remainder of the suspended IPL if the T20 tournament is rescheduled, says ECB Director of Cricket Ashley Giles.
The IPL was suspended last week after multiple COVID-19 cases inside its bio-bubble. There are two windows for the T20 event to be resumed in 2021 -- one is in the second half of September and before the T20 World Cup (October-November) and the other is after mid-November.
But England's top players will be in action at both times.
They have tours to Bangladesh and Pakistan in September and October, while they will compete with Australia at the Ashes right after the T20 World Cup.
There were 11 Englishman in various franchises in the suspended IPL.