New Zealand’s players’ participation in the Indian Premier League (IPL) was approved by its cricket board on Tuesday. Along with this, New Zealand has selected different teams for the tour of the sub-continent and the T20 World Cup in view of the workload management in the Covid period.
Kane Williamson will lead New Zealand’s first-choice team which will tour India after the T20 World Cup. Another team from New Zealand, led by Tom Latham, will tour Bangladesh and Pakistan in September-October, during which the remaining matches of the IPL will be played from September 19.
Most of the New Zealand players selected for the T20 World Cup will take part in the IPL before that. This T20 tournament will provide good preparation for the World Cup to be held in the UAE itself. Due to the Kovid-19 pandemic, it has been decided to organize the IPL and the World Cup in the UAE instead of India, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will still be the host of the T20 World Cup.
Senior batsman Ross Taylor was selected for the three ODIs against Pakistan but it was later agreed that he would prepare at home in view of India’s Test tour. New Zealand will tour Pakistan after 18 years. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said in a statement, “The New Zealand team will leave for Bangladesh on 23 August and the players participating in the Test tour of India will return home after playing there. ”
NZC chief executive David White said of allowing players to play in the IPL: “It’s a pragmatic approach. We have always tried to be realistic about IPL.
The teams of New Zealand are as follows:
New Zealand squad for ICC T20 World Cup and T20I against India: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips , Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, * Adam Milne (in case a player is injured)
Teams for T20 against Bangladesh and ODI against Pakistan:
Tom Latham (c, wk), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry (ODI only), Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ayaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears (T20 only), Blair Tickner, Will Young.
Team for Pakistan T20:
Tom Latham (c, wk), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Ayaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner , Will Young.