Prior says IPL may cause rift between players and ECB

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has warned the clash between Test matches and the IPL could result in players getting frustrated.

The 30-year-old was one of the players left unsold in the recent IPL auctions. One of the primary reasons for this is that the ECB only allows England-contracted players to play just half of the season.

Prior was speaking to BBC Sport and said: "If that's when the Test matches are, then that's when the Test matches are. My priority is playing Test cricket for England," before adding, "I know for a fact that players want to play in the IPL. You can't get away from the fact that there is an enormous amount of money at stake."

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The situation with England players and the ECB has always been a point of debate. Getty Images

The situation with England players and the ECB has always been a point of debate. Their players have to be return to England by 5 May so that they can start training for the new international season — with their first match a Test against New Zealand on 16 May.

This directly clashes with the IPL which starts on 3 April and ends on 26 May.

Only Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan are England-contracted players who will take part in the IPL. It was evident how much the IPL cares about players like Prior and Ravi Bopara when they bid $1 million for Glenn Maxwell and Kane Richardson (both without Test caps) and left them unsold.

Even South Africa's Chris Morris was signed on for $625,000.

There are talks going on between the players' association and the ECB, but the latter is committed to broadcasters for seven Tests every summer and will most likely hold fort in their demands.

"If you ask any Englishman or Australian, 'would you rather score a T20 hundred or an Ashes hundred?' I know which one most people would go with, but guys are going to start looking at it," warned Prior.

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Updated Date: Feb 14, 2013 18:10 PM

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