Nottinghamshire are the only English club that have not released their players to feature in the IPL auction for this year. This means two players who were likely to get lucrative offers in Mumbai on the 3rd of February will not have the chance to gain a big money deal.
Alex Hales and Michael Lumb are two players that have made themselves well known in the Twenty20 world over the past few years. Lumb having played in the IPL previously and Hales hitting that fantastic 99, nearly becoming the first Englishman to reach a century in International T20 cricket. While they miss out on the opportunity, players like Matt Prior and Monty Panesar of Sussex are likely to get deals, even if it is only for the first month with the ECB wanting players back by May 1st for a round of County Championship matches before selection for the Black Caps touring. Samit Patel, also of Nottinghamshire, has not been cleared by his county for the auction either.
Nottinghamshire are the only county to do this and it has the potential to work both ways for them. They may find themselves top of the Championship table after Hales, Lumb and Samit play fantastically in the first month while most English stars are in India. Then again, these vital 3 members of the squad may look for compensation for missing the money-spinning Indian tournament, or look to move on to a county that will release them for IPL duty. For example, Monty had a clause in his contract meaning that if he joined Sussex, he would be able to be released for the IPL. One thing is for sure, every county will watch their progress very closely to decide for whether or not to release their players for next years tournament.
Essex head coach Paul Grayson has said they may follow Nottinghamshire’s example and not allow players to chase IPL deals for 2014. Essex will be without Ryan ten Doeschate and Owais Shah who are already signed to franchise’s, while Ravi Bopara will be up for auction.
The ECB have said they will decide the availability of centrally contracted players closer to the time, however, it is expected to be very little if at all with an extremely busy schedule in 2013.
Stuart Broad has been released by the Kings XI Punjab after playing a grand total of zero games for them in two years. He probably threw a paddy and refused to play due to being classed as ‘Right arm Medium-Fast’ on their website! Paul Collingwood was also released from their franchise’s while Kevin Pietersen, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Eoin Morgan and Luke Wright have extended their contracts with their respective teams for IPL 2013.
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