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Touring dates may open IPL window

England's cricketers would be a welcome addition to the IPL
English players currently need ECB permission to play in the IPL

England's touring schedule of the West Indies next year may open the door for the likes of Kevin Pietersen to compete in the lucrative Indian Premier League.

The tour will finish on 4 April, leaving a window for players to play in the tournament that starts on 10 April.

English representation in this year's event was limited to just Dimitri Mascarenhas, but several players have declared their interest.

English cricketers wishing to compete in the IPL currently need ECB approval.

Sajid Mahmood and Ravi Bopara have both rejected lucrative deals to join the league in order to enhance the chances with England, while Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff have also been mentioned as welcome additions.

This year's inaugural IPL clashed with the start of the new County campaign as well as New Zealand's tour of England.

However, the early finish to next year's tour of the Caribbean means there could be an opportunity for more players to sign for Indian teams.

The chance to play in the IPL could also be seen as a good warm-up for England's players ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 that is being staged in England next summer.

Next year's itinerary will see England play two three-day practice matches in Barbados, before Tests in Jamaica, Antigua, Barbados and Trinidad.

There will also be a Twenty20 fixture, England's first in the Caribbean, and a five-match one-day international series finishing with a day-night international in St Lucia.

England tour itinerary to the West Indies 2009:

25-27 January: Three-day practice match, Barbados
29-31 January: Three-day first class match, Barbados
4-8 February: First Test, Jamaica
13-17 February: Second Test, Antigua
21-22 February: Two-day match, Barbados
26 February-2 March: Third Test, Barbados
6-10 March: Fourth Test, Trinidad
14 March: One-day practice match, Trinidad
15 March: Twenty20 International, Trinidad
20 March: 1st ODI, Guyana
22 March: 2nd ODI, Guyana
27 March: 3rd ODI, Barbados
29 March: 4th ODI, Barbados
3 April: 5th ODI, St Lucia (d/n)

see also
England in New Zealand 2008
03 Jul 07 |  Cricket
MCC group urges calendar change
14 May 08 |  Cricket
New Zealand reach IPL compromise
27 Mar 08 |  International Teams
Mascarenhas joins Indian league
11 Mar 08 |  Cricket
Cricket's new order
29 Feb 08 |  Cricket
Pietersen rebuffs Indian offers
29 Feb 08 |  England

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