Mumbai: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will provide a No Objection Certificate to its players for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Along with awarding NOC, it has also been confirmed that Kiwi will be available for the full version of the IPL.
New Zealand Cricket spokesman Richard Bock confirmed via email to ANI that the board would provide the NOC and that the Kiwi would be available for the full version of the IPL.
Boock said, “Yes, NOC will be given and cricketers will be available for the entire edition.”
According to some media reports, it was being said that the Kiwis would miss the playoff stage of the IPL as New Zealand is set to play a two-match Test series against England in June this year.
However, this interpretation of Boock put all rumours to rest. IPL 2021 is to be played from April this year.
Prior to the tournament, a mini-auction will be held in Chennai on 18 February and will feature 292 players going under the hammer. Maranus Labuschgane, Steve Smith, Alex Hales, Shakib Al Hasan and Moin Ali are some of the players who have registered for this year’s auction.
A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players, and 3 players from associate nations will be up for grabs in the mini-auction. Rs 2 crore is the highest reserve price and two Indian players – Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav – and eight overseas players – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, and Mark Wood have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket.
12 players are on the auction list with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore. Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav are the two Indian players in the list of 11 cricketers with a base price of Rs 1 crore.