Wednesday 28 January 2009 

Ashes 2009: Broad Turns Down IPL To Focus On Ashes

Broad Turns Down IPL To Focus On Ashes
Broad Turns Down IPL To Focus On Ashes
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England and Nottinghamshire bowler Stuart Broad has turned down the opportunity to play in the IPL, instead focussing his attention on preparing for the 2009 Ashes series.

Broad joins fellow centrally-contracted players Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan in deciding against making himself available for the second IPL tournament.

"Stuart’s main aim is to play a part in the Ashes Tests and he feels that the best preparation for that lies away from the IPL," Nottinghamshire Mick Newell, who has given Samit Patel and Graeme Swann permission to play.

"He’s a young player and he’ll have an opportunity to play in the IPL in the future but he wants a break and turning his back on quick cash for the benefit of his career is a very mature decision.

"His availability for Notts will depend on how much action he sees in the West Indies but we’d hope to have him available for the four day game against Lancashire at Old Trafford."

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed yesterday that a deal had been reached with the Indian board (BCCI) for England players to take part in the lucrative Twenty20 league.

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