Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Bumpy Would Love To Have Moeen In T20 Blast Quarter-Final Side

Bumpy Would Love To Have Moeen In T20 Blast Quarter-Final Side

Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes would "love" to have England all-rounder Moeen Ali available for Saturday's NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final with Surrey at the Kia Oval.

But Rhodes accepts it will be down to the England and Wales Cricket Board to decide whether Moeen and any of the other England players will be able to play in the quarter-finals in between the third and fourth Tests with India.

Moeen has played in only four of the Rapids 14 North Group games on their way to booking a spot in the last eight because of his England commitments.

But his presence with the bat and ball would be a massive boost to the Rapids against Surrey in their bid to reach a first ever finals day.

When asked if Moeen will be available on Saturday, Rhodes said: "I don't know. I'd really like to say 'yes.'

"I've heard nothing from the ECB but I'd like to say 'yes' because we'd love to have him in our side."

When asked if he would contact the ECB, Rhodes said: "I think already the England management are aware already that teams are going to want their players to play in the quarter-finals.

"Ultimately it will be down to them to make a decision.

"If that is that they can't play, maybe we can ask the question why. But we are in the hands of the England boys to a certain extent."