General News | 28th January 2009
Newell Backs Broad's IPL Decision
Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell has backed Stuart Broad’s decision to pass up the chance to feature in this year’s Indian Premier League.
Broad is one of four centrally contracted players to turn down the opportunity along with Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan and newly-appointed captain Andrew Strauss.
Five of England’s seven incrementally contracted players, including Notts pair Samit Patel and Graeme Swann, also hope to feature in the tournament which begins in April.
“Stuart’s main aim is to play a part in the Ashes Tests and he feels that the best preparation for that lies away from the IPL,” said Newell, who has sanctioned Patel and Swann’s desire to play in the tournament.
“He’s a young player and he’ll have an opportunity to play in the IPL in the future but he wants a break and turning his back on quick cash for the benefit of his career is a very mature decision.
“His availability for Notts will depend on how much action he sees in the West Indies but we’d hope to have him available for the four day game against Lancashire at Old Trafford.”
Ryan Sidebottom, Nottinghamshire’s other centrally contracted England player, has made himself available for the IPL along with Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen, who are expected to attract the most significant bids.