Hugh Morris, England's managing director, has confirmed that the ECB has no intention of relaxing its attitude towards the participation of England players in the IPL as it guards the status of its own Test programme in ongoing contractual negotiations for the country's top players. Negotiations have begun on England's revised central contracts which will become operational in September and any pressure from players' representatives to relax attitudes about England players competing in IPL in preference to the opening Test of ther summer will be resisted.
Morris has restated that the policy to protect the English Test season will continue. "It's critical if England are playing international cricket that our best players are available," Morris told The Independent. "The principle of players being available to play for England first and foremost has got to be central."