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England cricketers back in IPL auction

The England and Wales Cricket Board have come to an agreement with the IPL over the release of their top internationals which will allow England's cricketers back into the IPL player auction.

After a row between the ECB and IPL 8 English players were removed from the final list of 51 players eligible for the player auction which takes place later this month.

The ECB were unhappy with the demands made by the IPL over the release of players to the franchises. The IPL's rules dictate that all players must represent their franchises if they qualify for the Twenty20 Champions League and not their Counties or States.

The ECB tried to fight this plan but the IPL stood firm. After intense talks the IPL have lifted their ban and allowed English players into the auction.

An ECB spokesman said: "We are delighted we have been able to reach an agreement with the BCCI [Indian board] based on the contracts agreed in February 2009. We are grateful for their understanding in this matter."

One player who will benefit from this u-turn by the IPL is spinner Graham Swann who has been added to the final list of 60 players and is expected to be snapped up after his performances ion South Africa for England this winter.

Swann will join Tim Bresnan, Usman Afzaal, Anthony McGrath, Monty Panesar, James Foster, Adil Rashid, Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan on the auction list.

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