World Twenty20 place for Essex ace Bopara

England have named Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara in their provisional 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20. Bopara, who was born in Forest Gate and went to Brampton Manor school has fallen out of favour with the national set-up recently, and wasn t inc

England have named Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara in their provisional 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20.

Bopara, who was born in Forest Gate and went to Brampton Manor school has fallen out of favour with the national set-up recently, and wasn't included in the tour to Bangladesh.

There is no place for team-mate Alastair Cook though, who is currently captaining England in their one-day series in Bangladesh

Meanwhile, Bopara, 24, will represent Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League despite doubts over security.


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"Ravi Bopara is going to be in India no later than March 3 to play in the IPL," said a statement from the team.

"All media reports on his non-participation are speculative.

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"We have spoken to Bopara and he has confirmed his participation and he is eagerly waiting to join in the hunt for the 2010 IPL Trophy."

Essex all-rounder Graham Napier is also in the IPL, playing for the Mumbai Indians.

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