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England trio Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes have been granted permission to skip the two-match ODI series against Ireland in order to ply their trade at the Indian Premier League (IPL).
All-rounder Stokes made history at the IPL auction on Monday as he became the highest paid overseas player ever after the Rising Pune Supergiants acquired him for USD 2.16 million.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler, on the other hand, was retained by the Mumbai Indians, while Woakes was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for USD 625,000.
All three of them will be due back in England by May 14, upon where they will prepare for the ODI series against South Africa, which precedes the Champions Trophy in June.
The same rules will not apply to England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan, opener Jason Roy and batsman Sam Billings as they will have to head back to England on May 1 for the ODI series against Ireland, which will be held on May 5 and 7.
Morgan will play for the Kings XI Punjab, while Roy and Billings will represent the Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils respectively.
As for pace bowlers Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan, they have been given the green light to play the entire IPL. Mills also made history at the IPL auction as he was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for USD 1.8 million, the most ever spent on a specialist bowler.