With the 14th season of the Indian Premier League [IPL] getting suspended midway due to the proliferation of Covid positive cases, the biggest challenge that remains in front of the BCCI is to find a suitable window for the event.
The BCCI might be mulling at a September-October window to complete the remaining 31 games of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League [IPL] but things aren’t as simple for the cash-rich league.
Apart from finding a window to stage the 14th season, the BCCI may also face the challenge of not having foreign players due to international assignments of their respective countries.
A day after England Cricket Director Ashley Giles confirmed that England players will not be allowed to miss the international or county fixtures in order to take part in the IPL, the same could be the case with New Zealand cricketers.
Should the 14th season of the Indian Premier League take place between September-October as is being reported by Inside Sport that the BCCI is mulling over a window around that period, the cash-rich league could well be played without the Kiwi internationals.
The reason being that the New Zealand Cricket Team is scheduled to face Pakistan in bilateral rubber at that time and with the series succeeding the ICC T20 World Cup, NZC might not allow the Kiwi cricketers to skip the assignment for the IPL.
Apart from Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, the other major New Zealand cricketers in the IPL are Lockie Ferguson, Finn Allen, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Adam Mile, Jimmy Neesham, and Kyle Jamieson.