Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell has defended the county's refusal to release players for this year's Indian Premier League.
Only a handful of LV= County Championship players are involved in the current IPL - which ends on May 26 - due to the start of the domestic campaign and the home Test series of the summer against New Zealand.
Among those to miss out were England internationals Alex Hales, Michael Lumb and Samit Patel, who were targets for IPL franchises only for Nottinghamshire to refuse to sanction their absences.
Speaking at the first day of Notts' clash with Middlesex, Newell told Sky Sports: "The reason was we had three players who all wanted to go to the IPL and that's not really a situation that was beneficial to Notts.
"We've not numbers one, three and five in our batting order that wouldn't have been here today had they gone to the IPL so that's an on-going situation that we'll continue to talk to players about and see what develops in the future.
"Hales and Lumb are probably a little bit grumpy in the dressing room (after getting out for 20 and 0 respectively in the Notts' first innings) but they'll get another chance later in the game."
ECB chief executive David Collier believes IPL officials may be prepared to make their schedule more compatible with the English season but Newell has not been party to the talks.
"Not as a county, we haven't been involved in that sort of thing, but obviously it is such a money-rich competition that players would understandably want to be involved in it.
"So I hope there are opportunities for English players in the future but the players have to realise that they have a contract with their county and they should be expected to fulfill that at the moment."