IPL not a concern for Oz Ashes bid: Sutherland

Updated: May 23, 2013, 12:25 PM IST

Sydney: Cricket Australia ( CA) chief executive James Sutherland has said that Australia`s Ashes bid in England will not be compromised by the Indian Premier League ( IPL).

Two members of the Ashes party, Shane Watson and James Faulkner, remain on the subcontinent with their team, Rajasthan Royals , who will play in an elimination semi-final in Delhi.

Describing the lead-up to the Test series in July and August as "probably as good a preparation as you could possibly get`, Sutherland also said that he is not concerned by the fact that England`s top players are engaged in a home Test series against New Zealand.

David Warner has also been in India since early April with Delhi Daredevils, Ryan Harris withdrew midway through with a sore Achilles and Michael Clarke and James Pattinson pulled out before playing.