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Aaron Lawton, writing for the Dominion Post, says that a number of New Zealand players will have to choose between Test cricket and the IPL next season. New Zealand is slated to play two Test matches against England in May 2013, around the same time as the IPL.
Two years ago New Zealand Cricket agreed a clear window for those with franchises to play in the event, a tacit acknowledgement that it could not deny Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori and the like the opportunity to take advantage of the big sums on offer in the Indian Premier League. Even before the arrangement, when New Zealand toured England in 2008, five players missed the opening week of the trip while they played in India. Since then visits to England by Sri Lanka and this season West Indies, have been affected by the IPL calendar.