England stars to miss Ireland clashes
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
BEN Stokes is one of several England players who will miss the one-day internationals against Ireland in May after he was bought at the Indian Premier League auction yesterday.
The star all-rounder and newly appointed England Test side vice-captain became the most expensive foreign player in IPL history when he was bought for £1.7million, and England have already agreed to him staying for the all but the final week of the tournament which takes place from April 5 to May 21.
Also snapped up for six-figure sums were pace bowler Chris Woakes and opening batsman Jason Roy while fast bowler Chris Jordan fetched £60,000 and both Josh Butler and Sam Billings were retained by their Mumbai and Delhi franchises respectively.
ODI specialists Roy and Billings will be recalled by England on May 1 but the other four have been given permission to miss the ODIs at Bristol on Friday May 5 and at Lordís two days later but although former Ireland international Eoin Morgan was bought for £240,000, the England ODI captain will also return to lead the team against the country of his birth.
Two other players almost certain be facing Ireland are Johnny Bairstow and Alex Hales, who remained unsold at the auction.
The other big England earner was Twenty20 specialist Tymal Mills who was bought for £1.4million and with England having no T20 games in May, will be available for the duration of the tournament.
No Ireland players could put themselves forward for this yearís edition of the lucrative competition because Ireland also have four ODIs in a tri-series with New Zealand and Bangladesh, in Malahide, immediately following the games against England.
However, for the first time, two Associate players will be involved with the Afghanistan duo, Mohammad Nabi and 18 year old leg spinner Rashid Khan bought for £36,000 and a staggering £475,000 respectively.