IPL crucial for England to win Twenty20 World Cup: Samit PatelFebruary 2nd, 2009 - 1:25 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb.2 (ANI): Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel believes the Indian Premier League is crucial to Englands hopes of winning the World Twenty20 this summer. Patel has enjoyed a whirlwind 12 months, culminating in a place in the big-money IPL auction on February 6.
Dehli Daredevils have registered their interest, but the left-arm spinner could be snapped up by any of the cash-rich franchises when he goes under the hammer.
And while he is vying with 110 other international players for a deal, Patel has revealed his true motivation for wanting to play.
I see the IPL as a massive learning curve for me. I can play against the best in the world, bring that information back here and share it with teammates. I get four weeks out there. Delhi put me in the auction, but its not necessarily where Ill end up. These are exciting times for English cricket. The World Twenty20 will be massive. For us to win that, well have to learn from the IPL, The Sun quoted Patel, as saying. The fact Patel is being looked at by the Indians is testament to the youngsters drive last season.
As well as an England call-up, the 24-year-old has been nominated for the British Asian Sports Personality of the Year. (ANI)
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