Prior To Miss Twenty20 Champions League

Prior To Miss Twenty20 Champions League
Prior To Miss Twenty20 Champions League
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England wicket-keeper Matthew Prior is to play no part in Sussex's Twenty20 Champions League campaign in India in October.

Sussex have been discussing arrangements for the player with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and it has been decided that ahead of a busy schedule for England, it is in his best interests to take a break.

Prior was also rested from Twenty20 Cup Finals Day, where Sussex earnt their place in the tournament with victory over Somerset in the final.

“I’ve had a lot of talks with Matty about what is best for him," Sussex Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson said.

"He obviously is desperate to help his county do well in what is a major competition and he’s also aware of the other potential avenues that could be opened up by him doing well as an individual in India, such as the Indian Premier League.  When talking with him, the one thing that kept coming out was his desire to be as fit and as fresh to represent his country.  As this was his only rest period, it was the right thing to do and we all at Sussex must respect Matt’s dream to continue his England ambitions.

“It’s such an exciting event for the club and the players.  Everyone is looking forward to testing themselves against the best domestic teams in the world," he added.

Hugh Morris, the England Cricket Managing Director, commented: “I'd like to thank Sussex for their continued support of the England team this season. We appreciate their understanding in making this decision.”

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