New Zealand cricketers not likely to play in rescheduled IPL 2021
The novel coronavirus epidemic forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to suspend the 2021 Indian Premier League. 4 players from KKR, 3 non-playing members of CSK, 1 player from DC and 1 player from SRH contracted the virus infection.
After the coronavirus breached the bubble, the BCCI postponed the tournament for an indefinite time. BCCI is still planning to complete the rest of the 31 fixtures of the IPL during September this year. If they don’t complete the IPL, then they will face losses up to Rs 2,500 crore.
But even if the BCCI decides to conduct the IPL in September this year, a number of New Zealand players might not be available for the cash-rich IPL because, at that time, Kiwis will be busy with international duties. They will lock horns with Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in September.
As a result, New Zealand players might not be available once the tournament is resumed in the month of September. It is well-known that several New Zealand cricketers are part of the IPL. Among the big names, captain Kane Williamson who is part of the tournament.
Apart from him, there are other players namely Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham, Lockie Ferguson, Finn Allen, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne. These players might miss the IPL.
Not long ago, David Warner has been stripped of the SRH captaincy and Kane Williamson was appointed the captain of the SRH in the middle of the tournament. Lanky pacer Kyle Jamieson who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore was one of the expensive purchases during the mini IPL auction in Chennai.
The New Zealand international was purchased for INR 15 crores by the RCB franchise. Meanwhile, Kane Williamson-led SRH are struggling to win games this season. They are at the bottom of the points table with 1 win and 6 defeats this season.