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ECB to release players for 3 weeks

The chances of the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff starring in the second edition of the IPL brightened as the England and Wales Cricket Board extended the window available to its contracted players to three weeks.

cricket Updated: Jan 22, 2009 23:31 IST

The chances of the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff starring in the second edition of the IPL brightened as the England and Wales Cricket Board extended the window available to its contracted players to three weeks. After negotiations between the ECB and the Professional Cricketers' Association a 21-day IPL window was agreed on.

The participation of England's players was a major sticking point with Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, insisting that players needed to make themselves available for at least four weeks to be considered.

Earlier the ECB had already given players who were not part of the Test set up, like Samit Patel, clearance to be part of the next player auction, scheduled to take place on February 6. The final list of players for the second auction is expected by January 27.

Flintoff and Pietersen are thought to be highly sought after by several teams, most notably Bangalore and Chennai. However, with the IPL insisting that teams would not be allowed replacements for players who had to leave the tournament midway, it remains to be seen just who will gamble on England's stars.