Dimi wants IPL compromise
Dimitri Mascarenhas has urged the English cricket authorities to strike a compromise with the Indian Premier League, as he is convinced the tournament is only going to grow in stature.
The Twenty20 spectacular gets underway on Friday and Mascarenhas will be flying the flag for England – with the Hampshire all-rounder the only English player to sign up as the ECB refused to sanction the release of their players.
England are the only major cricketing power without proper representation and Mascarenhas feels it is imperative a compromise is reached in order to ensure the world’s best are on show.
"There has been loads of talk in the England dressing room since the first auction," Mascarenhas told The Guardian. "How can you not talk about it?
”There is a lot of interest. The IPL want the top players, the big guns, and I'm sure next year there will be more England players.
”We've got to embrace it because it's not going to go away. We have to work out a way to fit it into our game.
"They obviously will be interested in [Kevin] Pietersen and [Andrew] Flintoff, who are the two biggest names in English cricket. I'm sure the ECB, in time, will be more supportive of their players going off and doing it.
"KP [Pietersen] hasn't spoken to me but I will be talking to him this week. He's definitely interested. The money he could get is phenomenal. It's a prestigious thing to have an England contract. The Test guys get looked after really well. But I can't see it coming to that.
"I'm sure the ECB will be able to work out a route to allow both an England contract and an IPL contract to work alongside each other."