New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for the six international that will compete in the IPL but said “due diligence” on the health safety protocol must be carried out by the players themselves.
The six New Zealand players who will play at IPL are James Neesham (Raja XI Punjab), Lockie Ferguson (Kolkata Knight Riders), Mitchell McClenaghan and Trent Boult (India Mumbai), Kane Williamson (Hyderabad Sunrisers) and Mitchell Santner (Chennai Super Kings).
“Regarding the IPL, NZC will issue the NOC to the relevant players and it is up to them to decide,” NZC spokesman Richard Boock told PTI news agency by email.
The IPL is likely to be held from late September to November, a window opened by the ICC’s decision to postpone the October-November T20 World Cup in Australia due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
While the NZC will update its players on health safety protocols and developments related to the latest Covid-19, responsibility will rest with the six individuals to conduct due diligence.
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“Well, yes, NOC issuance is considered on a case-by-case basis and they are rarely rejected. However, due diligence is something that each player must bear – although we are happy to pass on as much information as we can to help with this issue,” Boock added. .
Recently, New Zealand captain Williamson, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, spoke of wanting to know more about the safety protocols to be used given that the event will likely be transferred to the UAE, which has a lower Covid-19 caseload than India.
The Covid-19 case in India has now exceeded the 12 lakh limit with more than 28,000 deaths.
Asked about the establishment of the NZC on this issue, Boock said that was not the domain of their cricket council.
“The NZC does not have an opinion on the IPL being staged in the UAE. That is not within our reach,” Boock explained.
Within the support staff group, former New Zealand players on the IPL franchise list are Stephen Fleming (CSK head coach), Shane Bond (MI bowling coach), and Mike Hesson (RCB head coach). Danny Morrison and Simon Doull are in the comments panel.
A New Zealand tour in India is canceled:
Boock also confirmed that India’s New Zealand team tour to India has been canceled. PTI had previously reported that a tour scheduled for August would be impossible to pass due to a surge in cases in India.
“My information is that an Indian tour will not take place. That is a decision taken by a mutual agreement between the two councils,” Boock said.
While the Indian men’s team itinerary is in place with the away series in Australia and the home series against England, the next group – India A – will be in trouble because at least four assignments (home and away) during the season may be canceled or postponed.