IPL appeals to Sidebottom
England seamer Ryan Sidebottom has admitted he would love the opportunity to play in the Indian Premier League.
Last Updated: 09/04/08 11:19pm
Ryan Sidebottom has admitted he would love the opportunity to play in the star-studded Indian Premier League.
The Nottinghamshire seamer has followed England team-mate Kevin Pietersen in voicing his interest in taking part in the Twenty20 competition.
However, the England and Wales Cricket Board have stated that no centrally contracted players will take part in the event.
At the moment it clashes with the start of the domestic season, meaning Sidebottom and his colleagues are instead at home preparing to play for their counties.
Hampshire captain Dimitri Mascarenhas is the only English player to be taking part in the IPL, though he is not centrally contracted.
"I'd love to go over and play in the IPL, for supporting the family money-wise but also because it's going to be the biggest stage," Sidebottom told Sky Sports News.
"But I'm contracted to the ECB, so it's down to them. The schedule is full for the next 18 months.
"I suppose they make look at a window of opportunity if there is scope for us going out there.
"Until that comes around I've just got to concentrate on playing for England."
Sidebottom is unlikely to be featuring too much for his county this summer after making himself a key part of England's bowling attack.
The left-armer, who won his first cap back in 2001 before waiting six years to get another, was named man-of-the-series on the tour of New Zealand after taking 24 wickets in the three-Test series.
He has been rewarded for his outstanding performances in the international arena by being named one of the Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year.
"I'm over the moon. It's a nice thing to have," said the 30-year-old.
"The last 12 months I haven't had time to think about what has gone on. The games have come thick and fast and we've toured a lot."