England surprises on IPL list
Twenty current or ex-England internationals up for auction
Last Updated: 29/01/09 1:36pm
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Darren Gough and Dominic Cork are among 20 English players to be entered in the Indian Premier League's (IPL) forthcoming auction.
"We are very excited. I think it's important for world cricket and for the IPL that the English players are participating."
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Current stars Ravi Bopara, Monty Panesar, Robert Key, James Foster, Sajid Mahmood, Matt Prior, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, James Anderson and Ed Joyce have all been included.
But there is a surprise with the inclusion of the country's elder statesmen Shaun Udal, Gough and Cork.
There has been much publicity surrounding Pietersen meanwhile, and the former England skipper could well go on to become the IPL's highest-paid cricketer.
Chennai Super Kings' and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni currently holds that record having cost $1.5 million, but Pietersen's starting price of $1.3 million could see him attract even more.
"We are very excited. I think it's important for world cricket and for the IPL that the English players are participating," IPL chairman Lalit Modi told Sky Sports News.
"I think that they are all very, very good players. Some are batting players and some are players who have great experience behind them and I think it will be very good for the second edition of the IPL.
"The prices are based upon the 14 league games. If they play 10 of the 14 games they get paid according to ratio. If they play seven they get half."
England's centrally-contracted players will only be available for a three-week period at the start, because of the first Test against West Indies at Lord's, and will consequently be paid on a pro-rata basis.
The auction is set to take place in Goa on February 6 ahead of the Twenty20 tournament, which runs from April 10 to May 29.