Bell has made the move after enjoying his best international summer and establishing himself as a crucial member of the England side.

He has yet to decide which agent he will join, but is sure to have received advice from his England team-mates who are also looking to cash in on their new global status with fresh consultants.

Stuart Broad has returned to Chubby Chandler’s ISM cricket stable run by Neil Fairbrother while Jimmy Anderson is linking up with his former Lancashire colleague Luke Sutton, the Derby captain who will also be helping the England fast bowler with his county benefit in 2012.

The merry-go-round of cricket personalities has also seen Freddie Flintoff depart ISM to add to the celebrity broadcasting stable of Surrey chairman Richard Thompson’s Merlin Elite.

Merlin, who are behind BBC’s A Question of Sport going on tour, have plans to take Sky’s A League of their Own, which has Flintoff as one of the captains, on the road.
No laughing matter

Martin Bayfield’s reporting duties ahead of ITV’s Rugby World Cup coverage prevented him from making his debut as a stand-up comedian in the toughest of environments at the Edinburgh Festival.

And Bayfield, one of sport’s best after-dinner speakers, would have gone to Scotland armed with plenty of new material from being Robbie Coltrane’s body double as Hagrid throughout the Harry Potter series which he is now free to use following the film release of the last book.
Clarke causes surprise

England Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke’s recommendation that cricket’s world ruling body send a representative team to Pakistan to kick-start the return of international matches being staged there has caused some surprise at ICC’s Dubai HQ.

Especially as Clarke heads ICC’s Pakistan task force that have yet to visit the troubled country themselves as a group.

In addition Clarke has been advised by ECB security experts not to travel to Pakistan.

Get it white, Dave!

David Cameron’s visit to The Oval last Friday, during which he sought out a special audience with India’s premier cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, was hassle-free compared to his game of tennis at Queen’s Club with his QC barrister brother Alexander.

The PM, playing on an outside court away from the clubhouse, was still reported to the duty manager by a member for wearing black shorts when snooty Queen’s has a strict all-white dress code for tennis.

A box full of alternative white shorts was sent out for Cameron to change into, with his security guards carrying them on to the court after a lengthy discussion with club officials whether it was necessary to do so.
Backers in the dark

The England and Wales Cricket Board have yet to inform their England team backers Brit Insurance that a fellow company from the same financial sector Investec are close to finalising a £4.5m-a-year agreement to take over from npower as their Test backers.

The ECB are relaxed that there would be no conflict because of the differences between the firms’ core businesses of insurance and asset management.

But Brit are sure to have their concerns believing there is some cross-over.

The Oval’s new ground sponsors Kia may have their name plastered all over the ground, including five signs on the pavilion.

But even with the Kia Oval being less of a mouthful then the previous Brit Insurance Oval, the BBC do not mention the sponsorship on air despite requests to do so.
Out of form: But MS Dhoni is not out of pocket

Out of form: But MS Dhoni is not out of pocket
Doh! Dhoni dough woe for sponsors

The abject performances of India captain MS Dhoni throughout the England series, especially his wicketkeeping, make something of a mockery of his status as the highest paid cricketer of all time with his earnings estimated at £25m a year.

The 27 companies that sponsor the World Cup winning skipper, who include Pepsi and Reebok, certainly haven’t received their money’s worth.

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