Nottingham, England – Just 24 hours after barring their players from participating in next February’s IPL auction, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club have reminded key personnel within their sales and marketing department that existing work contracts also prevent office staff from taking part in the multi-billion dollar sports franchise.
With an advertising budget estimated to be in seven figures, the IPL has held a strong lure over cricket administrators ever since its inception, but Nottinghamshire have become the first English county to publically prevent their marketing staff from taking unpaid leave to work on the Indian domestic Twenty20 competition.
The midlands based club issued a terse statement to explain their position:
“Whilst we understand the IPL offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for our marketing staff to work with large denomination banknotes, April and May remains our busiest part of the season with major decisions being made as to how best to use the £150 County Championship Marketing Grant we receive each year from the ECB.
We’d like to remind our staff that Nottinghamshire have spent years developing their skills in typesetting retirement home advertisements onto scorecards, answering the phone to angry members who can’t find out when the next home game is being played and organising the lunch break tombola. We’d like to urge loyalty from our marketing personnel and look forward to them returning to Trent Bridge after the Christmas break in readiness to participate in a refresher course in how to deal with drunken heckling whilst dressed as Nuts the Squirrel, Nottinghamshire’s Twenty20 mascot.”
The opening match of the IPL’s sixth season is scheduled for April 3rd at Eden Gardens. A spokesman for the competition said its organisers were “confident Nottinghamshire’s stance would have minimal impact.”