The New Zealand Cricket will be granting its players NOCs to their players for the entire season of the upcoming IPL 2021. The IPL 2021 is scheduled to begin in April this year and is expected to be played in India itself. Also, BCCI is confident that the IPL 2021 will also see crowds in the stadium during the matches.
There are many New Zealand players in the upcoming IPL 2021 auction, to be held in Chennai on February 18 and though there were reports from many news outlets that the Kiwi players might miss the playoff stages of the IPL 2021 due to international commitments, things have been cleared by New Zealand Cricket spokesperson Richard Boock.
New Zealand Cricketers Would Be Available For The Entire IPL 2021: Richard Boock
New Zealand Cricket spokesperson Richard Boock confirmed to ANI via email that the board would be granting NOCs and the Kiwis would be available for the entire edition of the IPL.
“Yes, the NOCs would be given and the cricketers would be available for the entire edition,” said Boock.
New Zealand is due to play England in a series of two Test matches in June and it was reported that if selected, some of the Kiwi players would miss the end part of the IPL 2021 season, including the playoffs and the final of the tournament.
BCCI looking to get crowds back in stadiums for IPL 2021 and the upcoming auction
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly revealed that the board is looking forward to having fans in attendance for the premier T20 tournament. He also said that a decision for the same will be taken very soon.
“This year is going to be big as well because of what it is. We’ll see whether we can get the crowd back into the IPL, it’s a decision we’ll have to take very shortly. But it’s going to be another great tournament,” Ganguly told Star Sports.
The IPL 2021 auction will see a total of 292 players going under the hammer. A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players, and 3 players from associate nations will be up for grabs in the mini-auction.
10 players have set their base price in the highest slab of INR 2 crores- Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, and Mark Wood.
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