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Middlesex call for Shah release

Owais Shah
Shah was instrumental in Middlesex's Twenty20 Cup win

Middlesex have asked the England and Wales Cricket Board to release Owais Shah for the inaugural Twenty20 Champions League in India.

Shah was named in the England Test and ODI squads for the series in India.

But Middlesex want the 29-year-old batsman released for the Twenty20 tournament that is sandwiched between England's Test and one-day series.

The right-hander scored a 35-ball 75 to help Middlesex to victory over Kent in the Twenty20 Cup final in July.

"Owais was a big part of our winning the Twenty20 and we want Owais back," Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington told BBC London 94.9.

The final ODI is on 2 December in Delhi, with the Champions League taking place from 3-10 December.

The Test series then begins on 11 December in Ahmedabad.

Codrington believes the ECB will delay any decision as they await updates on injuries to the Test squad.

He added: "They haven't said yes or no yet."

Middlesex have already signed two all-rounders in preparation for the Champions League - Neil Dexter on a two-year contract from Kent, and Neil Carter on loan from Warwickshire.

There will be live ball-by-ball commentary of all of Middlesex's games on the BBC London website.

see also
Dexter to make debut in Antigua
03 Oct 08 |  Middlesex
Carter hired for Stanford series
02 Oct 08 |  Middlesex
Swann and Prior in England squad
29 Sep 08 |  England
Middlesex win thrilling Cup final
26 Jul 08 |  Counties

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