IPL 2019: New Zealand players set to be available for the entire season

IPL 2019: New Zealand players set to be available for the entire season

In 2018, as many as 12 Kiwis took part in the event.

Kane Williamson
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Kane Williamson in action. (Photo by IANS)

After 10 riveting seasons, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set for its 11th edition and the excitement surrounding the event has been escalating as the tournament comes closer. The next IPL is scheduled to start from the last week of March with the World Cup set to begin just after the end of the T20 event. In the meantime, the franchises have a delightful news ahead of IPL 2019.

It has been learned that the New Zealand cricketers are set to take part in the entire extravaganza. James Wear, the General Manager (GM) Commercial of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) mentioned that the board is eager to provide its players with adequate experience of plying their trade across the globe.

A massive development for few teams

“One of the things New Zealand Cricket has decided is to allow its players to play in the Indian Premier League right till the end of the IPL. So we are keen to give our guys as much experience playing all around the world as possible so that they get a great experience by playing in the IPL.

Last season we had 11 players playing in there (IPL), which was great for us and we are keen to continue that,” Wear was quoted as saying at a special interaction arranged by official broadcasters of IPL, Star Sports.

The developments also mean that the likes of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Delhi Daredevils (DD) would now have the services of Kane Williamson and Trent Boult respectively. While Williamson led the Orange Army from the front, both as the skipper and batsman, Boult was the Daredevils’ strike bowler.

A few days ago, the Australian and English cricket managements mentioned that their players won’t be available to play the event from May 1, an estimated time when the playoffs will take place. The auction is most likely to be staged early next year.

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