With ICC deferring the T20 World Cup scheduled to take place in Australia, the buzz has already started around IPL 2020. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has stated that they will provide NOC to all six international IPL-bound cricketers.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, ICC came up with their official announcement. As a result, doors opened for BCCI to host IPL 2020. Reports suggest that the 13th edition of the cash-rich league will take place in the UAE starting from September 26.
New Zealand to give NOC to IPL-bound cricketers
As of now, BCCI has sought clearance from the government to host the tournament outside India. New Zealand Cricket has given green signals to their players to play in the IPL. However, due diligence on health safety protocols will be on the players themselves, clarified NZC.
“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 PTI 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.
The six New Zealand players who will feature in the IPL are Jimmy Neesham (Kings XI Punjab), Lockie Ferguson (Kolkata Knight Riders), Mitchell McClenaghan and Trent Boult (Mumbai Indians), Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Mitchell Santner (Chennai Super Kings).
In the support staff groups, Stephen Flemming (Chennai Super Kings), Shane Bond (Mumbai Indians), and Mike Hesson (Royal Challengers Bangalore) are also a part of the IPL.
Recently, former Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson stated that he will want to more about safety protocols ahead of joining the side. Richard Boock also confirmed that they have cancelled New Zealand A tour of India due to COVID-19 outbreak.