County news December 21, 2012

Nottinghamshire stars barred from IPL deals


Nottinghamshire have told three of their England players - Michael Lumb, Alex Hales and Samit Patel - that they will not be able to pursue interest in taking part in the IPL next year.

The trio, who are all part of England's current Twenty20 squad in India, had been keen to try and secure deals in the tournament which runs in April and May, therefore clashing with the start of the English domestic season. Of the three only Lumb has previous IPL experience with Rajasthan Royals and Deccan Chargers.

It is by no means certain that any of them would have been picked up for the IPL although Hales has consolidated his England place this year with consistent scoring including a 26-ball fifty in the first T20 against India in Pune. On Thursday Hales was bought in the BPL auction, from which Lumb withdrew his name.

Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, said: "We were very clear that we expected all of our players to be available to us as we would be severely weakened if we were to lose them for that period of time at that stage of the season.

"The players asked me to consider releasing them to enable them to take part in the IPL but they are key members of the squad and I explained that we wouldn't be able to allow them to take part."

Nottinghamshire's stance continues the uneasy relationship between English cricket and the IPL. Although the county game has not seen an early-season mass exodus to India, it will be interesting to watch whether other counties take a lead from Nottinghamshire to try and protect their own interests instead of losing key players.

Players fortunate enough to secure deals are understandably keen to take them up, but they can leave significant holes in the counties for the first six weeks of the season. Essex have previously had to cover for the absence of Owais Shah and Durham for Paul Collingwood.

The tournament has also meant weakened international sides arriving for tours and players arriving at the last minute before a Test series. That is likely to happen again next season with New Zealand's two-Test series clashing with the IPL.

Nottinghamshire's centrally contracted England players, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad, would have their participation in any IPL deals that were offered decided by the ECB. Current central contracts have clauses allowing players a window to appear at the tournament, although last year that only impacted Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan, subject to any fitness issues.

Earlier this week MS Dhoni suggested that as England's leading players are not available for the entire event it will make it difficult for them to earn deals with franchises.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Harmon on December 24, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @JG2704: Pls don't accuse me of generalizing a minority PoV. I would argue that in general the amount of flak any action/inaction of BCCI receives from Eng fans & others is immense and this comes from not merely a few of those. Perhaps most of them are merely trolling. I wish it was statistically possible for me to provide you proof of my point. The 'typical' opinion of Eng fans indeed is that they prefer Tests over ODI. This is fine in itself, I see nothing wrong in it. But within this group a large %age of ppl go on to describe ODIs and T20 patronizingly. And in the same vein make fun of IPL too. Why so? Why ridicule IPL? Earlier ppl used to play County for quick bucks now its IPL. One more thing, I do not insist/expect that Eng fans love or like or watch or accept IPL. TBH IDC. I don't dislike County, I do watch some part of it when I get time but the my awareness is low. Its one thing to not watch IPL quite another to hate it or criticize it to the core even w/o seeing it.

  • Jason on December 23, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Baundele, you do realise this is nothing to do with the ECB, it is Notts as an organisation that is preventing the players from going as they would miss HALF the county season if they went to the IPL, which would put Notts at a serious disadvantage as the three members are critical for its County championship hopes.

    In regards to Bopara, I think you might find he played more than 1 innings last year, even so Bopara is not a test quality player, hes never really stood up to be counted, a little like Samit Patel, so they dropped him however he still plays a part in the ODI set up along with Samit and others.

  • Darren on December 22, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Good for Notts. These 3 players are contracted to them and Notts pay their salaries. I do find quite amusing how the Indian fans are blaming the ECB when the ECB have nothing to do with these 3 players as they are not contracted to the ECB. It's almost as comical as the Indian fans saying that the IPL is the best T20 league in the world! History suggests that the Big Bash in Australia is of a far higher standard than the IPL.

  • Baundule on December 22, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    I do not understand why comments focused more on the poster than on the topic get published. There are far too many comments containing personal attacks. Cricket is a politics these days. BCCI does not accept the UDRS, because a British company will get the money. The ECB and County admins are paying it back. Once Ravi Bopara withdrew from the IPL expecting a place in the test team. The ECB dumped him for a single innings from Morgan. KP has been in persistent clash with the administrators. English Cricket admins should understand that cricket is a profession for these players and they need to make money. Banning them does not help anyone but satisfying the ego of some people whose salaries do not get a cut. There is some reasons why football is so popular in England and cricket is not.

  • Baundule on December 22, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    A good decision by Notts. The ECB should also ban all English players from playing in any money-making tournament. That will ensure more control over the players. Once they get rich, they tend to become unmanageable like KP. :D

  • John on December 22, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    @Barry Chandler on (December 22 2012, 11:35 AM GMT) TBH I'm not sure if Morgan (for whatever reason) played much of the season for Mddx once he was back but I felt the same when Alf Thomas was benched for most of the IPL tourn and Somerset were down to the bare bones. Luckily enough our reserves came in and did a job but it's horrible seeing these (key county players) not playing any cricket when they're not injured or anything. TBH if (and it's a huge IF) someone like Hales was picked up by an IPL side the same could happen to him.

  • John on December 22, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (December 22 2012, 11:31 AM GMT) I think I'm fighting a losing battle trying to explain that it's not about players/teams dissing IPL - it's more because it all clashes and if an IPL franchise won't shell out 400k for Swann as happened last year then how many of our players would they be interested in anyway? As for the ODI series. While I'm always disappointed when we lose I wouldn't be 100% surprised with a whitewash defeat. Re Briggs , I think he still has time ahead of him but right now I'm liking Tredwell who was our best bowler in both games (doesn't take much) but particularly today he impressed me greatly as it seemed like the ball was hard to grip. If Swann is not playing then JT should def be our 1st choice spinner in the shorter formats. Would love to have seen them both play together in the ODI series

  • John on December 22, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @ Harmony111 on (December 22 2012, 11:22 AM GMT) I put 2 posts across earlier but only one got published but I will resubmit it as there was nothing offensive in the post. I'm not sure what the typical response was re India and their ranking but I have never said as much and re a typical English response/attitude etc - I tend to find that when literally one or 2 cheerleaders say something it becomes typical. As I said before , if you look at the posts who mention the number 1 ranking quite a few of them are directed at the guy who basically says we are rubbish at the shorter formats.

  • John on December 22, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (December 22 2012, 06:38 AM GMT) ctd Re the county championship you say ". The last time I cared for county cricket was when Lara played in 94 for Warwickshire that too cos he was in his zone in those days" - the funny thing is that just like the fact that you're not going to lose any sleep over Eng fans not following IPL , Eng fans aren't going to be that concerned about IPL fans not giving a stuff about the English game. The fact is that our counties have developed these players so if they come good is it so wrong that they (as the ones who invested in their potential)are the ones who benefit from the faith they have shown in them? Regardless of who pays the most bucks,has the bigger audiences etc. Please publish this time

  • Harvey on December 22, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Re. Eoin Morgan, I don't think Middlesex had much choice about releasing him to play in the IPL. Isn't his contract with the ECB rather than Middlesex?

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