England and Nottinghamshire Outlaws’ star batsman Michael Lumb has signed a new three-year contract with his county and has completely written the IPL off his career for the upcoming period.
The England T20 opener said: “I’ve played in the IPL and I feel as though I’ve ticked that off my list and now I want to win more trophies with Nottinghamshire.
“The four-day game is the pinnacle of country cricket and I take pride in my responsibility to contribute consistently as a senior player."
Director of Notts Cricket, Mick Newell, added: “Michael has become a key figure for us in all formats and we were very keen to secure his commitment with an extended contract.
“The IPL was a factor in the negotiations but it was clear that his ambitions were identical to the aims of the squad and his batting will be important in enabling us to achieve them.”
Teammates Alex Hales and Samit Patel have made agreements with their board to play in the IPL, whilst Australian cricketer Phil Jaques has been signed for a short term as a cover for Hales and Patel who won’t be available for the earlier part of the LV=County Championship.
It is admirable that Lumb has left the IPL for his own county. Many players, including Kevin Pietersen, who plays for Delhi Daredevils, have had a dispute with the ECB regarding whether to play in the IPL or not by leaving your own county.
Notts’ management will be really happy with Lumb and his decision to give county cricket the highest priority, rather than choosing the fame and money of the Indian Premier League.
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