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Broad, Anderson snub IPL

Refusing to succumb to the lure of the cash-awash Indian Premier League, England pace duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson on Monday opted out of the Twenty20 extravaganza, saying they want to keep themselves in prime condition for national duty.

cricket Updated: Dec 14, 2009 19:00 IST
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Refusing to succumb to the lure of the cash-awash Indian Premier League, England pace duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson on Monday opted out of the Twenty20 extravaganza, saying they want to keep themselves in prime condition for national duty.

Broad said, through his management agency, that he would love to play in IPL at some point of time but as of now international cricket topped his priority list, according to a Press Association report.

"Whilst the chance to play in the IPL is potentially a great opportunity, my number one priority is, and always will be, to represent my country," said the Nottinghamshire bowler.

"The IPL is a tournament I would like to play in at some stage in the future but my international career is my sole focus at this stage in my career, so I have decided I will not be competing in next year's IPL," said Broad.

Lancashire pacer Anderson had more or less a similar reason to opt out of the third IPL scheduled in March-April next year.

"I am proud to be playing cricket for England and my international career is more important than anything, which is why I have decided not to compete in the IPL in 2010," the 27-year-old pacer said.