London, Apr 15 (UNI) Scoffing at the ECB's decision to prevent its players from playing in the inaugural IPL, former captain Michael Vaughan has said it is ''naive'' to think England players will not be a part of the lucrative Twenty20 league in the near future.
''I've heard so many people say that all the best players in the world are there and you want to go and play in it,'' Vaughan said. ''So I think we're all naive if we don't think that England players are going to end up playing in the IPL.'' England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke, has made it clear that no centrally-contracted players will be allowed to take part in the IPL.
The decision has copped a lot of criticism with middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen has describing the ECB's stance as ''ridiculous''.
Currently only Hampshire captain Dimitri Mascarenhas, who does not have a central contract, has signed up for the inaugural season of the IPL.
The 33-year-old Vaughan admitted that he is eager for the IPL to start.
''I'm excited to see how it looks when it starts on Friday, I think there is going to be a lot of passion from the players who play and those watching in the stands,'' he quipped. ''It is certainly looking like a very exciting spectacle. I've seen a few of the previews over in India with the adverts and the billboards, and it looks like it is going to be a big event.'' ''If there are big grounds, and there is a lot of money involved, you're going to want to play in it and I think it will be sooner rather than later that we will see England players playing in the IPL,'' he added.
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