Nottinghamshire bans England players from participating in IPL

Nottinghamshire players Alex Hales (above), Michael Lumb and Samit Patel have all attracted interests from various IPL franchises © Getty Images

London: Dec 22, 2012

England County side Nottinghamshire has banned some of the England players from playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

According to AFP reports, Nottinghamshire players Alex Hales, Michael Lumb and Samit Patel have all attracted interests from various IPL franchise.

The County championship starts only a week after the first IPL match and Nottinghamshire expects the players to be available for domestic duties during the County championship.

“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,” Mick Newell, club’s director of cricket, said in a statement.

“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,” he added.

However, players such as Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann will be allowed to play in the IPl as their contracts are managed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).