Hales confident of IPL auction chances

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England batsman Alex Hales is sure he will be allowed to play in the Indian Premier League next year, and is in talks with club side Nottinghamshire in the hopes of being released to play in the lucrative tournament.

England batsman Alex Hales is sure he will be allowed to play in the Indian Premier League next year, and is in talks with club side Nottinghamshire in the hopes of being released to play in the lucrative tournament.

Hales, who is the top T20 batsman on the ICC rankings, was denied the chance to go up for auction for the 2013 edition, but feels he will be able to convince his Notts bosses to let him play next year, even if for a part of the event.

Hales, who averages 39 in T20s for England, said of his big-money chances: "I'm in talks with Notts at the moment about how it's going to work but hopefully everyone comes out happy.

"I would definitely love to be involved in the auction next year (in February) – I think it is a three-year auction coming up so I'd love to have the chance to be in it.

"Talks are quite early but I'm pretty hopeful that both parties will come to an agreement.

"It would be very frustrating if Notts said no but the early signs that I have got from the coach are that we will be able to come to some form of agreement and I'll be able to go in the auction."

England players have not had the best luck in terms of being released for the IPL, with Kevin Pietersen the most high profile case, as he fought with the ECB for months to be allowed to play for the Delhi Daredevils.

This year, with Pietersen injured, Eoin Morgan was the most senior England player in the IPL. He played for the Kolkata Knight Riders, and in the process was told he would not be considered for the Tests against New Zealand.

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