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England players get 21-day IPL window

ENGLAND'S cricketers will be allowed to play in the lucrative Indian Premier League for 21 days of the six-week competition, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Thursday.

The ECB confirmed on its Website that the 12 players under its control had signed their 12-month central contract deals which stipulate the opportunity to play in the competition.

"Contracts have been signed by the players and we are waiting on the IPL to come back with confirmation," allrounder Paul Collingwood was quoted as saying on the Website.

England is currently on an 11-week tour of the Caribbean and the 21-day period will start in April, shortly after the tour ends.

The ECB said those players who are signed up by IPL franchises would not be available for the round of County Championship matches ending on May 1 and May 2.

However, they will be available for the first test against the West Indies at Lord's on May 6.

England's centrally contracted players did not play in the inaugural staging of the multi-million dollar Twenty20 event in India last year.

Over US$1.7 billion was spent on buying the eight franchises for the 2008 event with a further US$40 million laid out to attract the world's leading players to the league.

Meanwhile, the IPL teams traded seven players during the transfer period.

Bangalore Royal Challengers traded pace bowler Zaheer Khan for top-order batsman Robin Uthappa of Mumbai Indians, allowing these two players to turn out for their respective home cities in the second IPL season.

The trading comes ahead of the player auction on February 6 when teams will bid for the cream of cricket's talent.


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