According to reports, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has requested the New Zealand Cricket to add two additional T20 matches to the upcoming series between both sides. New Zealand is due to visit Pakistan for three ODIs and as many T20 internationals in the September-October window. If that will happen, it will jeopardize the chances of the availability of New Zealand players in the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
The PCB has now requested New Zealand to add two more T20 internationals as part of the series. However, if that happens, then the New Zealand players’ availability in the second phase of IPL 2021 might be in doubt. Phase two of IPL 2021 is scheduled to start from 19th September and there are possibilities that it will get clashed with the Pakistan-New Zealand series.
While as per reports, New Zealand players have made themselves available for IPL, if the series is to be extended by two more matches, it could force them to miss out on quite a few matches or the entire tournament depending on the schedule.
“Yes negotiations are being held with Cricket New Zealand to play two additional T20 matches because of the T20 World Cup but nothing is finalized as yet,” a source told PTI.
While the BCCI has announced the dates of the second leg of IPL 2021, the same hasn’t been conveyed to the franchises officially. The BCCI treasurer, Arun Dhumal recently stated that the dates will be conveyed to the franchises soon as it’s still in the planning stage.
“We are not announcing the dates as yet. It will come in a few days’ time,” he said.
IPL franchises are still clueless about whether their IPL-bound overseas players will travel to UAE for the remaining tournament.
“We are not going to UAE yet. We are still waiting for BCCI’s official communication on the dates and only then we will go. Till then, we will be doing everything virtually,” Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Vishwanathan said on the matter earlier.