County cricket comes ahead of IPL for Lumb

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“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”

England batsman Michael Lumb has decided to put his county career ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after agreeing to sign a new three-year contract with Nottinghamshire.

Lumb previously announced that he was considering becoming a freelance Twenty20 specialist after the county side threatened to ban any player who participated in the IPL.

Lumb is now focused on his first-class career and even has dreams of playing Test cricket for England in the near future.

“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,” Lumb said. “The four-day game is the pinnacle of country cricket and I take pride in my responsibility to contribute consistently as a senior player.”

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell, who recently allowed players like Alex Hales and Samit Patel to play in the IPL, stated that he was pleased to see Lumb putting his first-class career ahead of money, fame and glory.

“Michael has become a key figure for us in all formats and we were very keen to secure his commitment with an extended contract,” he said. “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.”

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