The availability of overseas players has been a major talking point after BCCI moved the second half of IPL 2021 to UAE. Franchises have received a big boost ahead of the second phase of IPL 2021 as a report from Cricket.com suggests that New Zealand players will be available for these games.
The second phase of IPL 2021 will reportedly begin from September 19 to October 15. While talking to Cricket.com, one franchise official has confirmed that BCCI is in talks with various boards for availability of overseas players. The official confirmed that Kiwis will take part in the second phase of IPL 2021.
“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.”
As of now, eight Kiwis are part of franchises in IPL 2021 with Kane Williamson being the newly appointed captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson are other Kiwi stars that will feature in second half of IPL 2021.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have already confirmed that players will not be taking part in second half of IPL 2021 due to congested schedule of the year. Bangladesh Cricket Board has also decided against giving NOC to Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman for IPL 2021.
Cricket Australia is yet to make a final decision, while West Indies players will be available after Caribbean Premier League was rescheduled to make space for IPL 2021. BCCI will try to convince other boards to release players for the tournament. The board will go ahead with the tournament even if overseas players are not available. Players missing the second half of the tournament will miss out on a big chunk of their IPL salary.