IPL: New Zealand cricketers to play the entire league

Unlike the ECB and CA who informed the BCCI that their players will not be available for next year’s IPL beyond May , keeping in mind the World Cup, New Zealand Cricket has said its players will take part in the entire league.

A file photo of New Zealand's Corey Anderson (right) and Brendon McCullum, in RCB colours, during an IPL practice session.   -  G.P. Sampath Kumar

At a time when most cricket boards are planning to call back their players in middle of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to prepare for the 50-over World Cup, New Zealand Cricket (Board) has decided to allow all its players to stay back till the end of the tournament.

James Wear, General Manager Commercial, at New Zealand Cricket, told Sportstar that the decision has been taken to help the players prepare better for the World Cup. “All the players will be available for the entire league,” Wear said on Monday.

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“We think it will be a good preparation for the players. The more experience they get playing outside New Zealand, the better. The IPL is a great platform for players like Corey (Anderson) and Mitchell (Santner),” Wear added.

Earlier, the cricket boards of England and Australia had informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that their players will not be available for next year’s IPL beyond May 1. This has been done keeping in mind the World Cup, which begins in England from May 31.

Though the IPL schedule has not been announced yet, it is believed that the tournament would start on March 29 and continue till the third week of May.

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