Vaughan agrees with Pietersen’s IPL views

“Playing in the IPL is a tremendous experience. It should’ve been done years ago”

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said that ex-batsman Kevin Pietersen was absolutely correct in saying that the Indian Premier League (IPL) will help England players prepare for the Champions Trophy.

England will host the Champions Trophy in June and will be eager to lift the trophy, especially as they finished as the runners-up in 2004 and 2013.

Vaughan added that playing against and alongside some of the best players in the world will only benefit the England players going forward.

“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.”

Given how close they have come to Champions Trophy glory, Vaughan sees no reason why they cannot go all the way this time around.

“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,” Vaughan said. “Whereas this team are a really good team.

“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.”

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