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Collingwood 'keen' on Delhi stint

By Oliver Brett

Paul Collingwood
Collingwood has endured an arduous summer for England

England all-rounder Paul Collingwood will answer a call from the Delhi Daredevils to play in cricket's inaugural Champions League.

His agent says he is "keen" to compete in the 8-23 October tournament.

Collingwood is being rested from three matches in the current series of one-day internationals against Australia.

But the England and Wales Cricket Board cannot pull him out of the Champions League in India due to a clause in his contract with the Daredevils.

The ECB has ruled that wicketkeeper Matt Prior will be rested and unavailable to play for Sussex in the same event.

However Delhi, despite not using Durham's Collingwood for any of their matches in the last Indian Premier League campaign, have a stronger hold over him than any English county would with a player on a central contract.

A representative for the 33-year-old told BBC Sport: "He is contracted to Delhi and is keen to play. It's a great competition and I don't see why he wouldn't want to play in it."


Collingwood, England's Twenty20 captain, returns to international duty for the one-day finale against Australia, at his home ground Chester-le-Street on 20 September.

England will fly out to South Africa soon afterwards for the ICC Champions Trophy, which ends on 5 October. On 30 October they go back to South Africa, playing in all formats almost non-stop until 18 January.

With a busy winter following hot on the heels of a gruelling summer, most England players will treat the October window as an important opportunity for rest and recuperation.

Captain Andrew Strauss has suggested Collingwood had more need for a rest than most, explaining on Saturday: "He's got a number of niggles that could become concerns if he kept playing. He was looking a bit exhausted which is why he has been pulled out [of the three matches against Australia]."

Amrit Mathur, the chief operating officer of the team, told Cricinfo: "Collingwood has confirmed that he will play and he is part of our 15-member squad for the tournament."

Collingwood had played in every England match of their busiest summer ever until being rested on Saturday, including the Ashes, the ICC World Twenty20 and the Test and one-day series against West Indies.

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see also
Collingwood & Anderson given rest
11 Sep 09 |  England
Sussex to rest Prior for England
07 Sep 09 |  Sussex
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30 Sep 09 |  Somerset
Champions League groups unveiled
30 Jul 09 |  Cricket

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