General News | 9th January 2009
Patel Could Feature In IPL
Notts all-rounder Samit Patel is set to play in the Indian Premier League after being registered for February’s player auction.
Delhi Daredevils have expressed an interest in securing Patel’s services and Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell says that he supports his player’s desire to participate in the tournament.
Patel’s participation would be subject to contractual agreement between Notts, ECB and the relevant parties in India.
“It’s an opportunity for Samit that we have to embrace because it gives him a chance to enhance and hone his one day skills,” said Newell.
“We’ve got plans in place to make sure that we have adequate cover in all areas of the squad and he’ll go to India with our blessing.
“There are large periods of the season when we will be without Samit and Graeme Swann but we feel that we’ve got the right blend of youth and experience as back up. We’ve got some exciting young talent in our squad and the addition of experienced players like Jason Brown and Ali Brown will help to harness their potential.”
Samit enjoyed a rise to prominence in 2008 after a string of standout performances for Notts earned him a place in England’s one day squad and he took 5-41 in the third ODI against South Africa at The Oval.
If bought in the auction, Patel would miss the start of Nottinghamshire’s domestic season and return to England in time for the ODI against West Indies on Thursday 21st May.
“The Indian Premier League is a great tournament and I’m looking forward to the possibility of playing alongside and against the best players in the world,” said Patel.
“I enjoyed the time that I spent in India this winter and I want to continue to develop my game and make progress with Notts and England.
“I remain committed to Notts and I want to make a contribution to a successful season in 2009.”