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England players unhappy over IPL fees

English players involved in the Indian Premier League auction are said to be unhappy at having to pay 10% of their auction fee to their counties.

Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Owais Shah, Luke Wright, Samit Patel, Ravi Bopara and Paul Collingwood will be in the auction in Goa on February 6.

Pietersen may have to pay Hampshire 45,000.

At the start of the process there were four other England players in the running for the IPL.

Ian Bell and Matt Prior withdrew from the process, whilst surprise veteran contenders Dominic Cork and Darren Gough failed to make the cut.

England bowler Stuart Broad ruled himself out of the whole competition from the start in order to concentrate on the Ashes instead.

Five Pakistanis were in the original list, but none will feature after their country's Foreign Office refused to grant them permission to travel to India.

Pietersen has the highest base price in the auction at $1.35m dollars while Flintoff will not go for lower than $950,000.

Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke has a minimum price of $1m while fellow Aussie Shaun Tait's price will be at least $250,000, South African batsman JP Duminy is also one of the highest valued players at $300,000.

The IPL will run from April 10 to May 29, although contracted England players are only permitted to go for three weeks.

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) wants to ensure its centrally contracted players, which include Pietersen, Flintoff and Collingwood, return in time for the Lord's Test against the West Indies on May 6.

Hugh Morris, the managing director of the England team, said: "We've got a very important summer ahead of us with the World Twenty20 and the Ashes. Players will prepare in different ways for this summer."

Morris is confident that those players who do take part in the IPL will find it a positive experience: "It's very much down to the players. It's their choice, the IPL is a fantastic opportunity.

"With the Twenty20 World Championship happening in England at the beginning of the summer, it's nice to have the opportunity for some of our players to play Twenty20 cricket.

"The players who go there are going to be playing with and against some of the best players in the world in what we see as a very high-profile, very important tournament."

source - oddspreview.com
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