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Shah may still play for the Crusaders

The England team is mulling the option of releasing Owais Shah to play for Middlesex in group games of the the cash-rich Champions League T20 tournament, beginning on December 3rd.

English county's earlier request regarding the release of Shah was rejected by the ECB.

The $6 million event begins immediately after the final match of the One-day series in New Delhi on December 2. England were earlier keen to keep Shah with the team for the three-day warm-up match in Baroda ahead of the first Test in Ahmedabad on December 11.

England coach Peter Moores said if the team felt that Shah was not required to play in Baroda, he could be released. "If Owais isn't involved in the Baroda game we'd look to make him available. We're looking at every possibility because we know it's a big tournament," Moores said.

"He wants to play competitive cricket and we finish (the One-day matches) on the 2nd and Middlesex's zonal games are on the 3rd, 5th and 6th so we'd look to make him available for those without affecting our preparation if he's involved in that first Test," Moores was quoted as saying by 'Daily Mail'.

Two top domestic Twenty20 teams from Australia, South Africa and India and one each from Pakistan and England will compete in the inaugural high profile Champions Twenty20 event.

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