Tuesday, January 27, 2009

ECB Handed 3-week Window for English Cricketers for IPL

What does Indian Premier League (IPL) mean to you? Well, to a cricketer, IPL means big money deals and getting rich within few years. Ahead of the IPL season 2, starting from 10 April this year, English cricketers are perhaps thinking the same way. Well, the good news for the English cricketers and the IPL fans is that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has recently agreed to open up a three-week window for the English cricketers to take part in this tournament. Initially, ECB offered only two weeks for the English cricketers who are centrally contracted to ECB. Upon the four week demand by IPL chairman Lalit Modi, ECB granted three weeks. English players will join their respective IPL teams after the end of their ODI series against West Indies ends on 3 April. However, the player will have to join England squad for the test series which is scheduled to start from 7 May. Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff will be drafted into the IPL auction starting on 6 February.

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