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Foxes drop Nixon from Twenty20 squad

The Leicestershire Foxes have dropped veteran wicket keeper Paul Nixon from their Twenty20 squad because of his previous involvement in the rebel Indian Cricket League.

The Foxes have made the decision based on advice received from the ECB who said the midlands team may not be able to participate in the Twenty20 Champions League if they qualify for the event on October.

Leicestershire chief executive David Smith said: "The advice the club have been given by the ECB via the Champions League governing body was that, if Paul played for Leicestershire in this summer's competition, the club could not be invited to participate in the Champions League in September 2010."

"We have invested heavily in the first-team squad for the forthcoming season."

"Brad Hodge was the fifth recent Leicestershire signing alongside his Victorian team mate and Australian Test all-rounder Andrew McDonald, who is our overseas player for the 2010 season."

"Brad and Andrew are Twenty20 specialists and have been specifically brought in to assist the club to be competitive in this form of the game," Smith added.

"Both played last year in the inaugural Champions League, where Victoria reached the semi-finals, and they were two of the stand out players in the Big Bash tournament in Australia, which Victoria won this season."

"The club have an excellent record in the Twenty20 competition and simply cannot put at risk Champions League participation through the playing of any player with ICL connections."

"So, unless there is a change in the Champions League's position towards ICL players, the club will not pick Paul to play."

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