While there is uncertainty over the participation of players from Australia and England, New Zealand's players will be available for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season when it resumes in September. An IPL franchise official has confirmed to Cricket.com that the contracted players have already intimated their respective franchises about their availability. A total of six New Zealand players are contracted with IPL teams currently while several such as Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson are key members of their respective teams.
“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.
The development will come as a huge relief for franchises that continue to be uncertain about the availability of players from England and Australia. A couple of days ago, Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler stated that he might not play in the rescheduled IPL as it clashes with England's limited-overs tours to Bangladesh and Pakistan ahead of the T20 World Cup. Earlier, ECB’s managing director of men's cricket, Ashley Giles stated that the contracted English players should be on international duty.
While Cricket Australia have not yet made any official statement regarding the IPL, most players might pull out of the tournament with the Bangladesh tour scheduled right after. Pat Cummins has already confirmed his unavailability for the event. Even Australia's limited-overs captain Aaron Finch, who is not a part of the IPL this year, had earlier stated that it will be difficult for those players to justify a return to the IPL if they pull out of the international commitments.