County news December 11, 2013

Lumb puts county ahead of IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Lumb has put his first-class career ahead of the IPL after shelving the chance of another deal in India to secure a new contract with Nottinghamshire.

He had previously admitted considering turning freelance after Nottinghamshire players were barred from entering the IPL auction last year and spoke of increasing tensions between the major Twenty20 league and the English game.

Lumb, 33, who plays Twenty20 cricket for England and in the Big Bash League, has decided to focus on his red-ball cricket after agreeing new terms with his county although had not appeared in the IPL since a single appearance for the now defunct Deccan Chargers in 2011 so was not certain to be picked up again. He had previously played 11 matches for Rajasthan Royals.

"I've played in the IPL and I feel as though I've ticked that off my list and now I want to win more trophies with Nottinghamshire," Lumb said. "The four-day game is the pinnacle of country cricket and I take pride in my responsibility to contribute consistently as a senior player."

Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire coach, has now relaxed his stance on his players participating in the IPL. This particularly affected Alex Hales who also agreed a new deal earlier this year which will allow him to go to the tournament if he achieves a valuation in the top bracket. The same applies to Samit Patel.

"Michael has become a key figure for us in all formats and we were very keen to secure his commitment with an extended contract," said Newell. "The IPL was a factor in the negotiations but it was clear that his ambitions were identical to the aims of the squad and his batting will be important in enabling us to achieve them."

Lumb was the only Nottinghamshire batsman to pass 1000 runs in the Championship last season which included a career-best 221 among his four hundreds.

He leaves for Australia this week to link up with the Sydney Sixes for the BBL and will part of England's Twenty20 squad for the three-match series at the end of January. He will also expect to feature in the World Twenty20 later next year.

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  • ESPN on December 11, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    Is the Ipl still running? Total lack of coverage here in the Uk! Fortunately!

  • John on December 11, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Interesting turnaround from threatening to go freelance , to showing loyalty to your county. Would like to think it was because he had Notts interests at heart but I reckon he knows he won't fetch top dollar in an IPL auction - something which needs to happen for him to get another IPL gig. Players have to be sure of their marketability before thinking of going freelance.

  • Toby on December 11, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    The disrespectful posts on this thread only illustrate their authors ignorance. Lumb is a proven batsman in all formats and a WCT20 winner, but you've never heard of him? Well in that case we can disregard the worth of your comments as you clearly know very little about cricket. Well done Lumby, that Test No.3 spot isn't beyond you.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Excellent choice by Lumb, he has now gained my respect. Great to see that he believes(rightly so) that 4 day cricket is the superior form of cricket.

  • Vijay on December 11, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    For Whomsoever it may be in England.. IPL, apart from giving big money gives "careers" to many..Alex Hales will be a "Hot Sale" in this Auction..Ignore the attitude and come.earn and perform for Eng

  • Suraj on December 11, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Wow - that must have been such a difficult decision to make! Obviously, Lumb is a brave and principled man - verily, a true example of the up-standing, right-thinking Englishman. To choose county cricket when he had the biggest names from India breaking down his doors and throwing billion-rupee notes at him.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    very good dicision. All true cricket lovers will respect you

  • Tony on December 11, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Who is Lumb? Journeyman cricketer in the twilight of his career.

  • Android on December 11, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Lumb, who???

  • suresh on December 11, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    sorry, but my temptataion forces me ask 'who is lumb'

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