28 Jan 2009

England cricketers can play in IPL

5:56 am on 28 January 2009

England's cricketers will be available to play in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) both this year and next year.

A joint statement issued by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) says England players will be available to participate in the IPL auction next week and to play in the IPL "for a minimum of a three week period in 2009 and 2010".

The boards added they would be working together to try to create a similar 'window' for the IPL in 2010 within the confines of the current international fixture schedule.

That had threatened to stop the likes of England stars Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff from playing any part at all in this year's edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament, where wealthy owners of franchise teams bid to have some of the world's best players in their sides.

Last week, England players signed their national central contracts just as the Test side began its tour of the West Indies after protracted talks had stalled over how long they would be allowed to play in the IPL.