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Gloucestershire defy IPL chiefs

Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson has defended the decision to play former New Zealand batsman Hamish Marshall in the Twenty20 Cup.

Counties have been threatened with expulsion from the Twenty20 Champions League if they field any player who has appeared in the Indian Cricket League.

He said: "We're not sure when the Champions Trophy is going to be played, we're not sure of the location.

"Therefore, we have decided that we're going to crack on and play him."

Although Marshall was cleared to play for Gloucestershire after appearing in the unsanctioned ICL last year, the Indian authorities are taking a hard line as the power struggle between the "rebel" ICL and the International Cricket Council-endorsed Indian Premier League (IPL) continues.

But Gloucestershire are following the attitude set by most English counties, who are reserving the right to select their strongest sides irrespective of outside influence.

The two finalists of this season's domestic Twenty20 Cup will qualify for the Twenty20 Champions League.

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