Broad snubs IPL chance

England enter 13 players into multi-million pound auction

Last Updated: 27/01/09 9:14pm

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Broad: Choosing to rest

Broad: Choosing to rest

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Stuart Broad has opted against the opportunity to participate in the 2009 Indian Premier League - although 13 England players will be entered into the February 6 auction.

Nottinghamshire all-rounder Broad, 22, declined the opportunity to feature in the three-week window, and has decided to rest up ahead of a summer which includes the Ashes and the World Twenty20.

Eight of England's 12 centrally-contracted players have been granted no objection certificates by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

In addition to those players, five internationals on increment contracts have also been made available for auction.

Managing director of England Cricket, Hugh Morris said: "Stuart has done terrifically well since he got into the England set-up.

Opportunity

"He is still gaining experience at this level, he feels as though it is important at this particular stage that he may need a rest and that is absolutely respected by us.

"It has been very much down to a player's decision.

"The IPL as we know is a fantastic opportunity for the players. Potentially with the World Twenty20 happening in England at the beginning of the summer it is nice for some of our players to have the opportunity to play some more Twenty20 cricket.

"We probably haven't played as much as some players from other countries."

Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen are England's most high-profile names to be auctioned, while the other six willing to go forward to the ballot are James Anderson, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Steve Harmison, Monty Panesar and Ryan Sidebottom.

Quintet available

Morris added: "The players who are going there are going to be playing with and against some of the best players in the world in what we see as a very high-profile and a very important tournament.

"Players will prepare in different ways for this summer: Stuart has chosen to prepare one way and others have chosen a different route.

"That is not to say that all the players going through to the auction will be picked up by franchises."

Ravi Bopara, Samit Patel, Owais Shah, Graeme Swann and Luke Wright form the quintet of players on increment contracts eyeing up a spell on the subcontinent ahead of the 2009 summer.

Initial expressions of interest have to be in with the Board of Control for Cricket in India on January 30 and that list will be shortened to those proceeding to the auction.

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