New Zealand To Issue NOCs To IPL 2020-Bound Players
Kane Williamson (Image Credit: IPL)

IPL 2020 will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), its chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed after the global governing council postponed the 2020 T20 World Cup to next year. IPL 2020 is likely to get underway in September and will run till November. However, the dates are still to be confirmed.

Suresh Raina, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma have already started training. International stars like Kane Williamson have also hit the deck in anticipation of the IPL 2020 which looks like the first major franchise tournament set to get underway in a pandemic situation.

A New Zealand Cricket spokesperson has also said that the board will issue No-Objection Certificates to its players for the IPL 2020. It is however then on the players to participate in the tournament or not.

“Regarding the IPL, NZC will be issuing NOCs to the relevant players and it’s up to them to decide,” NZC spokesperson Richard Boock told PTI via email.

“Well, yes, the issuing of NOCs is considered on a case-by-case basis and it’s rare that they are ever refused. However, the due diligence is something for the respective players to shoulder – although we are happy to pass on as much info as we can to assist in these matters,” Boock added.

Kiwi fast bowler Trent Boult has been doubtful for IPL 2020 while Williamson begun his training at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui as New Zealand has done considerably well to curb the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Incidentally, it was the first training session for Williamson after the halt due to novel coronavirus pandemic. Senior New Zealand player Ross Taylor had already begun his preparation for the CPL 2020 slated to take place in August this year in Trinidad and Tobago.