New Zealand players get clearance for full IPL ahead of 2019 World Cup

first_imgNew Zealand Cricket has given clearance to its players to feature for the entire duration of the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year even though the tournament may finish shortly before the 2019 ICC World Cup in England.IPL is generally held in the month of April while the World Cup is slated to begin in England in May end. Reports suggest that Australian cricket board and the England and Wales Cricket Board might not allow their players to play the full IPL.However, New Zealand cricket will not do that and as announced by James Wear, GM Commercial, New Zealand Cricket, 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.Also read – Kohli wants World Cup-bound India pacers to skip IPL, Rohit begs to differ: ReportsWear 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.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, pacers Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult and Mitchell Mclenaghan regularly feature in the cash-rich T20 league.advertisementSome reports also suggest that BCCI is looking to prepone the IPL keeping the World Cup in mind and is looking for possibilities to organise the tournament from the end of March.Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket is preparing to host the Indian team in the upcoming five-match ODI and three-match Twenty20 International series. The first ODI is to be held at Napier on January 23.”We are working with Star (Sports) to make sure that the timings work as well as possible for the Indian audience,” informed Wear, adding the men’s T20I matches are scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm IST.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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