Discuss before you join IPL, ECB tells players

Published: Monday, June 2, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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London: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) selector Geoff Miller has asked players under national contract to be open with the management about their plans before signing any deals with the IPL.

''All I would ask from the players is that as we show loyalty to them through consistency of selection, they show us some loyalty if something crops up,'' Miller told the local media here.

''Let us know where they stand so we can deal with it,'' he added.

Reavealing that the ECB is closely monitoring the Indian Premier League (IPL), Miller said,''We are aware of the situation in India, windows are being opened all the time, but we will have to see how they intend to run it over there. We can't make decisions now.'' The ECB, which is mulling its own Twenty20 competition, has prevented contracted players from featuring in the inaugural IPL.

Several England players have expressed their resentment at the decision amid fears that top cricketers like Andrew Flintoff might retire early to cash in on the multi-million dollar tournment.

The inaugural edition of the IPL has been a resounding success with pre-tournament underdogs Rajasthan Royals clinching the title after defeating Chennai Super Kings in a thrilling final.


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