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SBD Global/February 15, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Matt Prior Says England And Wales Cricket Board May Need To Reconsider IPL Stance

English wicketkeeper Matt Prior has predicted "friction ahead unless there is a change in the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) stance on the Indian Premier League," according to the London TELEGRAPH. The IPL "is the game's most high-profile domestic Twenty20 competition and highly lucrative for the players who take part in it," but as things stand, the ECB "will not allow any of its England-contracted players to play longer than half a season in India owing to Test commitments." While the 30-year-old "is happy to follow the orders of the ECB," he does concede that "problems may arise in the future if flexibility does not come into play." Prior said, "I know for a fact that players want to play in the IPL -- you can't get away from the fact that there is an enormous amount of money at stake" (TELEGRAPH, 2/14).
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