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ECB should allow players to join IPL extravaganza: Collingwood

London, Apr 18 (UNI) Giving a stern warning to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), limited overs captain Paul Collingwood has has asked the national board to allow country's top stars to feature in the cash rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

Earlier, Test captain Michael Vaughan and star batsman Kevin Pietersen argued that there was no reason for England players to miss out the Twenty20 extravaganza.

Collingwood came in support of their views saying, ''I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought about the IPL. At the moment we can't play, but players will be tempted.

''If you had the chance to earn four times your normal money in the next six weeks, would you take it? It's human nature,'' Collingwood was quoted as saying by 'Sun'.

''Hopefully, there won't be a situation where players have to make a choice between the IPL and playing for England,'' he said.

''When there's money like this bandied about, players will make a decision,'' Collingwood told 'The Guardian'.

ECB has not allowed its centrally-contracted players to sign up with IPL, saying it clashed with the domestic county season.

Dimitri Mascarenhas is the only England player who will turn out for the Rajasthan Royals.


Story first published: Friday, April 18, 2008, 13:33 [IST]
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