NZC leaves it on players to take IPL decision
The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has made their stance clear on Friday regarding the players participation in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The NZC on Friday (March 13) clarified that they are leaving it to their players to take a decision on their IPL participation — if the cash-rich tournament really rolls onto the ground — amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has already caused a massive upheaval all around the globe, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) being forced to suspend the start of the IPL from March 29 to April 15.
However, despite the extraordinary situation, the NZC sticks to their previous position, as they claimed in a statement on Friday.
“Our position basically hasn’t changed. We’re continuing to give our guys the most up-to-date advice on cause and effect and best practice, as advised by government and world health authorities. However, ultimately it is the players’ own decision,” reads the statement.
Earlier the governing body of New Zealand Cricket had said that they were sensitising their contracted players, including the six cricketers who were to take part in this year’s IPL, about preventive measures to deal with the deadly outbreak.
The six Black Caps players who are to take part in the IPL this year are Lockie Ferguson (Kolkata Knight Riders), Mitchell McClenaghan and Trent Boult (Mumbai Indians), Jimmy Neesham (Kings XI Punjab), Mitchell Santner (Chennai Super Kings) and Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad).