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Paul Nixon signs up for Indian Cricket League

Paul Nixon today confirmed he will be play in the Indian Cricket League next month.

The Leicestershire captain, England’s wicketkeeper at the World Cup earlier this year, will line up with his former Grace Road team-mate Darren Maddy and other international stars in the Twenty20 competition in India.

The 37-year-old has resigned himself to the fact his brief international career is over. He was selected by England for the Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia and then the World Cup in the Caribbean.

But despite emerging from those two tournaments as one of the success stories, Nixon was not chosen by new England coach Peter Moores for the summer’s international programme at home and was overlooked when his successor Matt Prior was injured during the recent World Twenty20.

Consequently, he has accepted the offer to feature in the month-long league which will run from mid-November and features Brian Lara, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Damien Martyn and Chris Cairns.

It will compete with the Indian Premier League, the competition officially sanctioned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

“This is an exciting opportunity to end what has been a remarkably eventful year for me,” said Nixon.

“I would never have imagined 12 months ago that I would get the opportunity to go on two England tours, and I always saw that as a bonus and a tremendous honour to play for my country.

“I am a realist though, I’m 37 years old and England have chosen to look forward in the selections they’ve made.

“I now have two big goals to look forward to in my career, playing in this Twenty20 League and the captaincy of Leicestershire.

“This is perfect timing because India is the mecca of cricket and interest in the Twenty20 game is extremely high due to the success of the national team in becoming world champions.”

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