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England~~s Ramprakash turns down IPL offer

Published: Sunday, April 20, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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London: Inspite of all the riches on offer in the IPL, former England Test batsman Mark Ramprakash has turned down an offer to play in the multi-million dollar Twenty20 league.

Ramprakash's county team Surrey was asked by Jaipur based franchise Rajasthan Royals to release Ramprakash for a two-week stint as substitute for South African captain Graeme Smith.

Surrey spoke to Ramprakash before refusing the proposal, but made it clear that they would not stand in his way in future.

''There are bound to be other approaches and not just to Mark,'' Surrey chief executive Paul Sheldon said.

''We are looking at the possibility of a 12-month contracts but we don't want to prevent any of our players from extending their earnings out of season provided that offers come from officially sanctioned leagues and the dates do not conflict with commitments to Surrey.''

''We have to be open-minded. We are hoping that the IPL might take place in future in March or October, in which case the opportunities would obviously increase,'' he added.

UNI

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