KARACHI: Main players of the New Zealand team including their skipper Kane Williamson are likely to miss Pakistan tour as it collides with the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, scheduled to resume from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to the details, New Zealand Cricket (NZC)’s chief David White had already confirmed that their players will go to play the remaining IPL 2021. Williamson, Trent Boult, James Neesham, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Seifert, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Mitchell Santner, Finn Allen, and Scott Kuggeleijn are associated with the IPL franchises for the remaining leg of the event.
The final decision regarding the participation of these players against Pakistan will be made closer to the time. On other hand, England’s main players are also likely to miss Pakistan’s tour to play two T20Is on October 14 and 15 due to their reservation in the IPL.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had already postponed their tour to Bangladesh as it also clashed with the IPL.
India’s mega domestic league was postponed in April due to the second deadly COVID-19 wave in the country which took more than one lac lives. The remaining event will take place in the UAE before the all-important T20 World Cup, penciled in from October 17 to November 14.