IPL 2020 is just a few months away from now and the players and fans are already making a lot of buzz about the high profile league on social media platforms. The murmurs about build-up of squads, the role of new recruits and their impression are already hogging the headlines in news.
Kolkata Knight Riders has an impressive IPL auction this time. KKR made a lot of changes to their previous year’s squad. They let go some big names likes Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa and Piyush Chawla among others while securing the services of some raw T20 stars like England’s Tom Banton and Harry Gurney at their base prices. Australian pacer, Pat Cummins became the costliest foreign buy ever with a bid of INR 15.20 Cr. from KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders).
Tom Banton, the England star batsman, has been continuously enhancing his reputations in the franchise cricket with his consistent and explosive innings in the ongoing season of the Big Bash League(BBL). In the seven games, he has played for his franchise Brisbane Heat, the dashing youngster has slammed three half-centuries including a 16-ball fifty.
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After Banton’s impressing performances in the BBL, former England captain Vaughan asked him to focus on test cricket and get himself a chance in the Test side by playing in the county championship instead of IPL.
“If I were in charge I would be on the phone this week to Tom Banton telling him to give up his IPL deal and play the first few weeks of the county season for Somerset because there is a slot available at No 6 in the Test side,” Vaughan wrote in a column for Telegraph Sport.
On Thursday, Tom Banton replied the question speaking to a Journalist. While confirming his participation in the Indian Premier League 2020, Tom Bantonsaid that even though he wishes to represent England in Test Cricket, as for now he is a hundred per cent committed to playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) this year.
“Yes, 100 per cent. When I was growing up, IPL was definitely something I thought I’d love to do, and play for England and definitely in Test cricket as well. But we’ll just have to wait and see,” Tom Banton said.