ECB clears players for IPL

LONDON: England stars are set to play in the Indian Premier League after the England and Wales Cricket Board agreed to release them for three weeks.

The move has prompted members of the squad to sign central contracts, which were first offered last September. It is thought up to six England players could be involved in the IPL in April.

Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff are sure to be two of the hottest properties at the player auction on 6 February.

The ECB had previously insisted it would only release England players for a two-week window.

The ECB will also ensure that its Test players are available for a three-week period in 2010.

Any England players signed for the IPL but deemed unlikely to make the Test squad by the ECB would be available for up to 28 days.

The initial list of players for the next IPL auction will be published on Friday, with 27 January the closing date for additions.