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Stuart Broad.
Stuart Broad.

Broad missed IPL-II to prepare for the Ashes

London: Having turned down a contract in the Indian Premier League season-II for the sake of the Ashes, England paceman Stuart Broad is now eyeing his maiden stint in the Twenty20 tournament in its third edition next year.

Broad’s representative is in touch with IPL Chairman Lalit Modi and he may be included in the list of players on sale at the third IPL auction in January, provided he gets the nod from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

“We have had contact from Craig (Sackfield, Broad’s agent) and all players now have to write to me directly and arrange an NOC (no objection certificate) from their boards by December 31,” Modi said.

“Then we will fix a minimum bid price and circulate their names among the franchises. A lot of the slots are taken, but teams will probably be able to hire one or two players,” Modi was quoted as saying in The Daily Telegraph.

Broad turned down an IPL offer this year to prepare for the Ashes series. If Broad earns a contract, he would miss the initial days of the tournament since he will be on national duty.

“The England players in Bangladesh will miss the first 10 days, but the Australians and New Zealanders are unavailable until much later. So that’s not a problem. There is a good chance of a lot of England players being involved,” Modi said.

Confirms the move

Meanwhile, Sackfield also confirmed the move. “I have made initial contact with regard to all my players — Luke Wright, James Anderson and Stuart Broad. We just want to see what the situation is and what they have to do.”

Broad is in Cape Town and expressed his intent to be a part of the show-piece event next year. “The IPL is something I’d like to play in at some stage. Whether I do it this year, I’m not sure. I’ve not given it too much thought,” Broad was quoted as saying by the daily. — PTI

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