While uncertainty looms large over the participation of England and Australian player in the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in September, New Zealand players might be available for the 2nd phase of the 14th season if a report published in cricket.com is to be believed.
The website has quoted an IPL franchise official, who confirmed that the contracted Kiwi players have already intimated their respective franchises about their availability.
A total of six New Zealand players which includes the likes of Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson are contracted with the IPL teams currently.
The development is a huge shot in the arm for the BCCI, which is currently trying its best to persuade the ECB and CA to allow its players for the marquee competition.
Recently Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler said that national duty will take precedence over IPL.
England is set to play white-ball internationals against Bangladesh and Pakistan to fine-tune their preparations for the T20 World Cup in the month of September, the same time when the IPL will be played.
Even if they don’t feature in those series, ECB Director of Cricket Ashley Giles has confirmed that no English player will be allowed to feature in the IPL.
As far as the Australians are concerned, Pat Cummins, who plays for KKR, has already made it clear that he wouldn’t be returning for the UAE leg of the IPL.
“We are much relieved now. BCCI are in talks with English and Australian boards to come to a consensus regarding this. Given April and May are earmarked for the IPL, they are right to raise their own objections but we are now confirmed to witness New Zealand players in action,” the franchise official told Cricket.com.