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Vaughan excited by IPL prospects

Michael Vaughan claims it is "naive" to think England players will not be part of the Indian Premier League in the near future.

Giles Clarke, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, has made it clear that no centrally-contracted players will be allowed to take part in the IPL.

Currently only Hampshire captain Dimitri Mascarenhas, who does not have a central contract, has signed up to play in the inaugural competition while Kevin Pietersen has described the ECB's stance as "ridiculous".

And now the England captain has added his name to the list of players who have spoken out positively about the country's top stars taking part in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.

"I've heard so many people say that all the best players are in the world are there and you want to go and play in it," Vaughan said.

"So I think we're all naive if we don't think that England players are going to end up playing in the IPL.

"I'm excited to see how it looks when it starts on Friday, I think is there going to be a lot of passion from the players who play and those watching in the stands.

"It is certainly looking like a very exciting spectacle. I've seen a few of the previews over in India with the adverts and the billboards, and it looks like it is going to be a big event.

"If there are big grounds, and there is a lot of money involved, you're going to want to play in it and I think it will be sooner rather than later that we will see England players playing in the IPL."

The 33-year-old batsman admitted he hopes a window in the schedule can be found and is excited about future developments in Twenty20 cricket.

"At the minute it is not possible with the schedule but I am sure in time something will happen to allow all top players in the world to play, because it is a huge spectacle and also one which brings in so much revenue to the game," Vaughan told Sky Sports News.

"It really is something that could be quite powerful and something that all players around the world will want to go and play in.

"It's exciting for the game and we shouldn't look at it as being a threat - it is a really exciting time for the game with all these leagues.

"Exposure for cricket is being thrown out to the world and everyone is talking about it so it is exciting to really take to it.

"Maybe there will be a league set up in England, and with leagues set up elsewhere there could be something like the Champions League where the top few who win their leagues go and play in a 'Super 14' style of event, but that is a long way down the line.

"Certainly it is not a negative thing for the game - it is exciting for the players, it is exciting for the supporters, so we should look forward to it."

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