London:England and Wales Cricket Board has entrusted coach Peter Moores the tricky task of recommending who among the English players will play in the cash-rich Indian Premier League next year.
England is scheduled to play a Test series in May next year and Moores will have to do the unenviable job of working out who among Kevin Pietersen and Co. will travel to India for the BCCI-backed Twenty20 event which is also scheduled for April-May.
"Ultimately any decision can be overruled by the board but Peter is very much the man we turn to on a day-to-day basis to manage the players' programme," said England team Managing Director Hugh Morris.
"Some players need to play a lot, some need to rest. It is trying to get the right balance between preparation, rest and playing. Peter and I have discussed this, as you can imagine. Peter makes a recommendation to me and that goes to the board," he added.
Interestingly, a few days back IPL Chairman Lalit Modi has said that if the English players desire to feature in next year's tournament, they will have to commit to play a substantial number of matches.
Morris favours England cricketers to participate in quality Twenty20 tournaments to enhance their skills in all forms of the game.
"Indians strike the ball well. Obviously Yuvraj Singh stands out but there are a lot of younger players who have carved out really good innings, such as Gautam Gambhir easing it around. They may have learnt some of that in the six weeks of IPL. Clearly 2010 is earmarked for our competition and I think that is a good opportunity for our players," Morris was quoted as saying by 'Daily Telegraph'.
Morris also said that the ECB is still in negotiations with the Indian Cricket Board on the IPL issue which was delaying the signing of central contracts by English players.
"We've had a lot of discussion with the players' representatives.
"Central contracts are about an inch thick. There are three parts to it: firstly the conditions of employment between ourselves and the player; secondly an agreement between ourselves, the player and the county; and the third part this time is putting together a no-objection certificate for players potentially to be released to IPL.
"One of the key considerations in terms of central contracts is that we have to iron out the early part of next season. Until we do that then it's difficult to nail everything down. We are likely to be playing Test matches in the early part of May and clearly that will have an impact on the amount of time that players may or may not go to IPL. That is part of the discussions between ECB and the Indian cricket board," Morris said.