Former Test captain Michael Vaughan believes Indian Premier League exposure will give England an edge in their bid to win a first major 50-over tournament when the Champions Trophy begins in June.
The Indian 20-over competition features the world’s top limited-overs stars and Vaughan says that cannot help but be a boost to England’s prospects in the shorter formats.
“Playing in the IPL is a tremendous experience. It should’ve been done years ago,” he said.
“Kevin Pietersen was right. He was completely right in terms of saying the England players should’ve been allowed to play a lot more.
“I think it’s going to move England on, I think it has. Most of the one-day team have been given this opportunity to play in (Australia’s) Big Bash and now they’ve got the IPL.
“I think it just furthers their white-ball education. I can’t see anything but positives.
“England players should be involved in these types of leagues and if it means they miss a couple of Ireland games, I’m all for it.”
England named a 15-man squad on Tuesday for the Champions Trophy, which for the hosts begins against Bangladesh at The Oval on June 1, following a one-day series against South Africa.
England reached the final in 2004 and 2013 when hosting the competition but Vaughan says the current squad, which includes new Test skipper Joe Root, are more capable of success.
“The last two Champions Trophies here we’ve not had a great team and we’ve managed to sneak to the final by default, really. Whereas this team are a really good team,” he said.
“They’ve certainly got all the tools and ingredients to win, but you don’t just win on paper.
“Joe Root said yesterday ‘this is a great chance for England to win a tournament’. So they all know that they’ve got enough. It’s just whether they can deliver.”
India are the holders, but political posturing has placed some doubt on their participation.
“I think it’s becoming quite consistent that India flex their muscles at times,” Vaughan said.
“(But) they’ll fancy their chances, so they’ll certainly be here.”