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Collingwood wants to play in IPL

cricket Updated: Apr 18, 2008 12:51 IST

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England's limited overs captain Paul Collingwood wants ECB to relax its stance and let the country's top players turn out in the multi-million dollar Indian Premier League.

Collingwood came out in support of views expressed by Test captain Michael Vaughan and star batsman Kevin Pietersen who argued there was no reason for England stars to miss out on the Twenty20 extravaganza.

"I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought about the IPL. At the moment we can't play, but players will be tempted. If you had the chance to earn four times your normal money in the next six weeks, would you take it? It's human nature," Collingwood was quoted as saying by 'Sun'.

"Hopefully, there won't be a situation where players have to make a choice between the IPL and playing for England."

The enormous amounts of money being talked about may prompt some players to reconsider their priorities, he felt.

"When there's money like this bandied about, players will make a decision," Collingwood told 'The Guardian'.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has not allowed its centrally-contracted players to sign up with the BCCI-backed IPL, saying it clashed with the domestic county season.

Hampshire's Dimitri Mascarenhas is the only England player in the league and will turn out for the Rajasthan Royals.