New Zealand Players Get Clearance For Full IPL Ahead Of 2019 World Cup
In a much-needed boost for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), New Zealand Cricket has given its players the green light to play the entire tournament despite the World Cup in summer.
Recent media reports suggested that the likes of England and Australia are not willing to let their players play the entire duration of the league. Now if the reports are true then the Australia and England players will miss the business end of the league as well as the qualifiers, eliminator and the final.
Till now, the BCCI has not made any announcement regarding the availability of international cricketers. However, Mumbai Mirror recently reported that franchises have been informed about the same unofficially.
The report further claimed that there has been no update from other cricket boards about the availability of their players. However, it went on to state that the South Africa player could leave India after May 12. Consequently, the Proteas star will miss the play-offs and finals week. The report said that the exact position of all cricket boards would be clear by the time the player auction is held in December. The report added that the auction would be held on December 17-18 in Jaipur.
And at a time when there is s=confusion surrounding the availability of players of other countries, New Zealand Cricket has made its stance clear. James Wear, GM Commercial, New Zealand Cricket, said that the board wants its players to get as much experience of playing around the world as possible.
“One of the things New Zealand Cricket has decided is to allow its players to play in the Indian Premier League right till the end of the IPL,” Wear said during a special interaction in Mumbai.
“So we are keen to give our guys as much experience playing all around the world as possible so that they get a great experience by playing in the IPL,” explained Wear.
Wear further said that New Zealand cricket is keen of having its players playing in the cash-rich T20 league in India.
“Last season we had 11 players playing in there (IPL), which was great for us and we are keen to continue that,” added Wear.
The likes of Kane Williamson, pacers Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult and Mitchell McClenaghan are some of the big faces from New Zealand who play in the IPL regularly.
Meanwhile, there are also reports suggesting that the BCCI could start the IPL early due to the World Cup. As far as the World Cup is concerned, it will start from May 30.
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