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01-22-2009, 11:17 PM #1
England players agree three-week IPL window
The ECB have reached a deal which will allow England's leading players to appear in the Indian Premier League for three weeks.
The 21-day block is a compromise position after Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, said he wanted England stars to be available for at least four weeks of the event while the ECB were keen for just a two-week release.
The window falls between the end of the tour of West Indies and the start of the return series at home in early May. It means that, if they take part, the likes of Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen won't have any first-class cricket before the first Test at Lord's on May 6.
"It's great to see some flexibility and the players should thank the IPL and the ECB for allowing them to participate," Sean Morris, the Professional Cricketers' Association chairman, told Sky Sports News.
Players who aren't required for the first Test have been granted an extra week in India and this will include Samit Patel, who has already announced his availabilty for the auction on February 6, and could also involve Ravi Bopara and possibly Owais Shah if he doesn't earn a Test recall. As a result, many counties could be without some key players for an early part of the season, but Morris said everyone was getting on board.
"We have had very open discussions with county chairmen, they are keen for the best players in the country to go out and perform in IPL with some of the best players in the world."
The list of players included in the auction will be revealed on Friday with the closing date for any additions being January 27.
The amount of time England players would be available for the tournament has been a major sticking point between the ECB and BCCI in recent months, but the goodwill earned by England's return to India for the Test series provided them some breathing space in negotiations.
Finalising the IPL availability now means central contracts could be signed in the next few days. "We have been in discussions over last few days. The final detail we will need to get drawn up in next five or so days is just paperwork and it shouldn't stop the guys going."
According to Paul Collingwood, however, the contract wranglings are already complete. "They have been signed by the players and we are waiting on the IPL to come back with confirmation," he told the Press Association.
Morris added that he believes it was vital that England players were allowed to go to India. "I think this is a very important decision to protect English cricket, and I think it is in the best interests of English cricket. It will support the central contracts system, the alternative was for England to be the only country that forced its players to choose between playing for country and IPL, and that was a dangerous place to go."
01-23-2009, 03:24 AM #2
fenkeww fo sherin ...
agreed thy shud be alowed tu go .. an wat thy wer makin em du last tym was blkmail in way ...
good stuff ta fo sheerin ...x
02-12-2009, 10:25 PM #3
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that's a good news's...IPL will become more interesting....