Broad To Sit Out 2010 IPL
Featured News | 14th December 2009
Nottinghamshire bowler Stuart Broad has declined the opportunity to put himself forward for participation in next year’s Indian Premier League.
Broad, along with England team mate Jimmy Anderson who has also stated that he won’t participate, was attracting interest from several franchises having initially said that he was open to the possibility of competing.
"Whilst the chance to play in the IPL is potentially a great opportunity, my number one priority is, and always will be, to represent my country," said Broad.
"The IPL is a tournament I would like to play in at some stage in the future but my international career is my sole focus at this stage in my career, so I have decided I will not be competing in next year's IPL.
"I am living my boyhood dream to be playing cricket for England and the possibility of being selected to travel to Australia next year, with the aim of retaining the Ashes, would be a great honour.
"There's a brilliant atmosphere and team spirit within the England dressing room, and I want to be an important member of a winning England team over the next few years.
"From a personal point of view, the last time England won the Ashes in Australia was in 1987 when my father was playing so it would be fantastic to mirror his achievement next year, which is why I shall be focusing 100% on cementing my place in the England team."
Fellow Notts bowler Ryan Sidebottom took 5-42 as England drew their final warm-up match before next week's first Test against South Africa.