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New Zealand players to prioritize IPL over Pakistan series

New Zealand players to prioritize IPL over Pakistan series

The upcoming five-match T20I series between Pakistan and New Zealand in April is set to be devoid of several star players from the Black Caps’ side due to a scheduling clash with the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The series, scheduled to be played between April 14th and 28th in Lahore and Rawalpindi, will see New Zealand fielding a second-string squad as several key players will be participating in the IPL, which starts on March 24th.

The BCCI has released the schedule for the first 17 matches of the IPL, with the remaining schedule expected to be announced after the Indian general elections in April. This scheduling clash means that prominent New Zealand players like Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Lockie Ferguson, Rachin Ravindra, and Trent Boult will be unavailable for the Pakistan series.

The IPL schedule released so far covers matches until April 7th, making it impossible for these players to join the Pakistan tour. The IPL final is scheduled for May 26th, followed by the T20 World Cup 2024 starting on June 1st in the USA and West Indies.

This development has raised concerns regarding the competitiveness of the T20I series between Pakistan and New Zealand. While it provides an opportunity for young New Zealand players to showcase their talent, it also diminishes the series’ overall value and appeal to fans.

With the full schedule of the IPL yet to be revealed, it remains to be seen if the clash will impact the availability of any other New Zealand players for the latter part of the series. This situation highlights the increasing challenges faced by cricket boards in scheduling international matches due to the growing popularity and financial power of franchise leagues like the IPL.

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