Kiwis to decide on IPL players soon

March 16th, 2008 - 10:45 pm ICT by admin  

Wellington, March 16 (IANS) New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will take a decision next week on whether to allow its five players to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) which coincides with New Zealand’s tour of England. Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Brendon McCullum, Jacob Oram and Ross Taylor have been ‘bought’ by different franchises of the IPL.

The IPL rounds are scheduled to start April 18 and run through to June 1.

New Zealand’s tour of England starts with a warm-up match against the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) April 27 and the first Test begins May 15.

“We really canvassed not only individuals but the team’s collective view in terms of what they think is the right thing to do in this situation,” Justin Vaughan, the NZC chief executive, was quoted as saying in local media.

The players feel missing a few practice matches will not matter as New Zealand rarely play warm-ups on tours.

“I have said a couple of times, we go away on most tours and don’t have any warm-up games,” Vettori said.

“I don’t think we can say that we all need to turn up on the same day because that’s the way it’s supposed to be, because we don’t do it on any other tour,” Vettori said.

New Zealand’s squad for the England tour will be announced April 10.

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