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IPL deal tempts Essex star Napier

Graham Napier
Graham Napier caught the eye with his recod-breaking 16 sixes back in June

Essex all-rounder Graham Napier insists he has not yet committed himself to any deal with the Indian Premier League.

But the 28-year-old, who caught the eye in breaking a world six-hitting Twenty20 record last summer, admits to having been in negotiations.

"It is clear there is potential for a great opportunity to be provided to myself and other players," Napier told his website.

Napier was in India this week for the Twenty20 Champions League Awards.

And, although tempted by the move, he admits that his first loyalty remains to Essex.

I'm still contracted to Essex and look forward to helping the club win more silverware next year

Graham Napier

"Essex has, and always will be, my first side but this is a chance that has arisen and will offer me a great opportunity to further my career.

"I'm still contracted to Essex and look forward to helping the club win more silverware next year."

Colchester-born Napier hit 326 runs in this year's Twenty20 Cup, helping Essex to the semi-finals.

But almost half of that came in one innings, the unbeaten 152 he hit off just 58 balls against Sussex at Chelmsford in June.

And, prior to this season, he had hit just 189 runs in 15 Twenty20 innings.

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