New Zealand players a step away from PSL
New Zealand Cricket has allowed its players to feature in the inaugural season of Pakistan Super League. NZC head Lindsay Crocker said that after their international duties i.e. the Chappell- Hadlee ODI series with Australia finishing on the 8th of February the players who are not in the test squad can take part in PSL.
Grant Elliot, who is already on the leagues roster, along with potential PSL candidates Jesse Ryder and James Franklin will be available from the 9th of February. If Ryder and Franklin are also brought on board by PSL their NOC will be a mere formality and will be handed out without any hindrance. Meanwhile Grant Elliot is all clear to play in the league, Crocker said.
With the ICC T20 world cup round the corner the PSL would be a decent launching pad for players to enhance and improve their T20 skills. As Elliot is not in Blackcaps plan for the test series against the Kangaroos, Crocker added that “In theory he would be available beyond the Chappell-Hadlee part, and we’d be supportive of that. It sits nicely with our programme and gives him some good quality cricket should he be required for the World T20 [in India in March].”
Jesse Ryder will be free after the 50 over competition final in New Zealand on 30the January as he contracted to play the shorter format for the Central Districts team. As far as James Franklin is concerned he plays for Middlesex as a free agent in English County because he was unavailable for Wellington this season. So in all possibility these two players will be involved in the upcoming Pakistan Super League but final confirmation is yet to come from the players and PSL organizers.