Despite the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket New Zealand (CNZ) announcing a white-ball series set to commence from September 17, just a couple of days ahead of the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 UAE leg, the IPL franchises are confident the IPL-bound NZ players will be available for the tournament.
Pakistan is set to host New Zealand for a white-ball series for the first time in 18 years, starting from 17th September. Both teams will participate in three ODIs and five T20 internationals. The dates of the series are clashing with the IPL. This had raised doubts over the availability of the New Zealand players in the T20 tournament.
However, clearing the air, a franchise official said that the IPL-bound NZ players, including skipper Kane Williamson, would be travelling to UAE for playing in the tournament.
“That is what we have been told. The NZC will release the IPL players,” said a franchise official. A total of Eight Black Caps players are IPL recruits for different franchises. The list includes Tim Seifert (KKR), Lockie Ferguson (KKR), James Neesham (MI), Trent Boult (MI), Adam Milne (MI), Kyle Jamieson (RCB), and Mitchell Santner (CSK) besides Williamson.
In that case, the Black Caps will play in the Pakistan tour without the IPL-bound players. In the absence of Kane Williamson, either Tim Southee or To Latham will lead the team.
Ahead of the Pakistan series, the Black Caps will play a five-match T20I series against Bangladesh. The series will take place between September 1st to 10th.
BCCI waiting for a confirmation from Cricket Australia
With most of the overseas players to be available for the IPL, including players from West Indies, England, New Zealand, and South Africa, the BCCI is also in talks with Australia to give clearance to their players to feature in the tournament. The board has assured the IPL franchises that it will give the final word on the availability of Australian players by August 10.
Cricket Australia is planning a tri-series involving Afghanistan and West Indies in October. However, Cricket West Indies and Afghanistan Cricket Board have not yet nodded their head in agreement for the series. West Indies players will feature in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. The board also rescheduled the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 to allow its players to travel to UAE.