Alex Hales not disappointed to miss out on playing in the Indian Premier League
Last Updated: December 22, 2012 10:09am
Alex Hales: Has been a star performer in England's Twenty20 side
Alex Hales insists he is "fine" with Nottinghamshire's decision to prevent him and his county team-mates from playing in the Indian Premier League.
England's Twenty20 rising star will not be involved in next month's IPL auction, although has signed up to play in the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League season.
The 23-year-old was informed by his agent that Nottinghamshire did not want him to join the IPL, which clashes with the early stages of the domestic campaign, but says he is content to concentrate on his county and international ambitions instead.
"I'm not in the IPL auction. I wasn't allowed by my club to go into it. That's fine; it means I can prepare for the county season as well, which is a big part of the game," the opening batsman said.
Hales had no direct contact with his employers on the subject of the IPL but gleaned from contract negotiations that Nottinghamshire were not keen on the idea.
"I've not spoken to (coach) Mick Newell about it; I just spoke to my agent. I am not too fussed about it. The four-day game is important and I really want to do well for Notts this year."
Hales was England's top-scorer in the opening Twenty20 International against India on Thursday and has now set his sights on securing a place in his country's 50-over and Test sides.
He added of the IPL: "I think at my age it's not something I need to think about - I still have ambitions in the longer form. But if it doesn't happen that way, maybe in a few years.
"My long-term aim is still to play all three forms for England. Obviously I'm some way from that. But I have a lot of ambition and if that means putting in the hard yards with Twenty20 going into the one-dayers then that's it.
"Every time I put on an England shirt I want to perform and put myself in the shop window."
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