English county team Nottinghamshire has asked players, who are contracted with them, to snub the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) in favour of their domestic duties.
Various England internationals like Alex Hales, Michael Lumb and Samit Patel have expressed desire to play in the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament and are all reported targets for IPL franchises ahead of the new season on April 3, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
However, the IPL starts just seven days before Nottinghamshire begin their LV= County Championship campaign and director of cricket Mick Newell has asked his players to be available for domestic duty.
Newell said in a club statement that they were very clear that they expected all of our players to be available to them since their absence would weaken the squad.
Newell also claimed that the players had asked him to contemplate releasing them to enable them to take part in the IPL but he added since they are key members of the squad their demands were rejected.
Newell said that Nottinghamshire's other England players, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, would be allowed to nominate for the IPL because the England and Wales Cricket Board govern their central contacts. (ANI)