”NZC will be issuing NOCs to the relevant players and it’s up to them to decide”
The IPL has decided to stage despite the pandemic is not over yet. Meanwhile, New Zealand cricket is ready to give no-objection letters to cricketers for participating in the IPL during this difficult time of coronavirus. However, the country’s cricket board will not take responsibility for their health care and they have to go by their own risk.
Six New Zealand cricketers are scheduled to play in the Indian franchise T20 tournament. Kiwi captain Ken Williamson will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad. All-rounder Jimmy Neesham will play for Kings XI Punjab, pacer Lucky Ferguson for the Kolkata Knight Riders, two pacers Mitchell McClenagan and Trent Bolt for the Mumbai Indians and spinning all-rounder Mitchell Santner for the Chennai Super Kings.
As the T20 World Cup has been postponed this time, the possibility of playing in the IPL has increased. The IPL Governing Council has said that the event will be held in the United Arab Emirates due to the high incidence of Covid-19 in India. They are currently waiting for the government’s permission. According to Indian media, the probable time of the tournament is from September 26 to November 7.
However, the United Arab Emirates is not completely free from the virus. The New Zealand board therefore wants to leave the issue of health safety to cricketers willing to take part in the tournament.
“Regarding the IPL, NZC will be issuing NOCs to the relevant players and it”s up to them to decide,” NZC spokesperson Richard Boock told Press Trust of India via email.
“Well, yes, the issuing of NOCs is considered on a case-by-case basis and it”s rare that they are ever refused. However, the due diligence is something for the respective players to shoulder although we are happy to pass on as much info as we can to assist in these matters,” Boock added.