Schedule thwarted IPL bids for England stars: Collingwood

Former England captain Paul Collingwood blamed the international fixture for hampering England players' chances of bagging big-money IPL deals.

updated: January 10, 2011 16:07 IST
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Being World Twenty20 champions and beating Australia 3-1 in the Ashes has not proved a path to IPL riches for England's cricketers as their international schedule again hampered their chances of big-money deals. Paul Collingwood, who retired from Test cricket after Sydney, is the only major name available for the whole tournament and secured a US$250,000 deal with Rajasthan Royals but Kevin Pietersen took a significant pay cut in a deal with Deccan Chargers.

IPL franchises are becoming increasingly savvy as to how they spend their money and want a strong return on their investments which means players being available for long chunks. Along with Pietersen and Collingwood, Eoin Morgan (Kolkata Knight Riders, US$350,000) and Stuart Broad (Kings XI Punjab, US$400,000) are the star-name England players to earn deals but won't be available for the end of the tournament.

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