New Zealand in England 2013 May 2, 2013

McCullum, Taylor leave IPL early

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and his predecessor Ross Taylor have been released early by their IPL franchises and will join the tour of England ahead of schedule.

Neither player has had much involvement in the IPL with McCullum playing one match for Kolkata Knight Riders, after recovering from the hamstring injury he picked up in the final Test against England in Auckland, and although Ross Taylor has appeared five times for Pune Warriors he has made just 63 runs at a strike-rate under 100.

McCullum is due to arrive in England on Friday so could yet be available for the opening tour match against Derbyshire, which starts on Saturday, while Taylor is expected over the weekend. Both players were previously set to arrive shortly before the match against England Lions at Grace Road next week. Kane Williamson was due to the lead the team in McCullum's absence.

New Zealand players have an agreed five-week window where they can appear at the IPL and when Mike Hesson, the coach, was asked about missing two senior players for the start of the trip he even sought to see it in a positive way. "I'm actually quite happy with it because with a squad of 15 it's quite hard to get everyone a game," he said.

It has become a feature of the May Test series in England, which clashes with the IPL, that senior players from the visiting team have arrived late. It has previously happened with Sri Lanka and West Indies, leaving them precious little time to adjust to the conditions.

McCullum, who took over the captaincy from Taylor late last year, had a productive series against England in March, but Taylor struggled for fluency on his return after opting out of the South Africa tour following the loss of the leadership. During a radio interview after the visit of England he said that he was still not entirely comfortable back in the set-up.

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  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 3, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    That's excellent news. The NZ squad deserves to be at full strength and get full preparation to give the best account of themselves that they possibly can and England need the sternest test possible. If England can't perform significantly better against NZ than they did in NZ then hopes of Ashes victories, particularly away, and a return to #1 at some point will be looking much further away.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 2, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    This is GREAT news. In the interests of preserving the status of Tests being the supreme form of the game, this is great news for World Cricket. McCullum & Taylor could be forgiven for opting for the Gayle-style fly in at the last moment option - as like Gayle & the WIndies, NZ players aren't exactly on the highest national retainer/contracts. Sacrificing IPL money is a considerable issue, & with McCullum in particular, a highly prized IPL asset, putting NZ's test tour first is excellent. Also great that Taylor despite some team issues, is putting NZ first. == == == I just wonder IF, a SMALL part of the reason for these two departing early, is because they sense they are half a chance of something historic? == == == From an Ozzy perspective, I would love our little cuzzy bro's to cause England a few headaches prior to the Ashes. Purely for the interests of our ANZAC tradition, GO BLACK CAPS! LOL!

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Good 4 newzealand... Hope for a good series.

  • POSTED BY cricketlover111 on | May 4, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster- Agree with you that Taylor has been "insignificant", but McCullum? He had one game! He has 500 runs+ more than any other player in T20 International cricket and has an international average basically the same as Chris Gayle. I note while Gayle averages 54 in your "quality" competition, he only averages 35 in internationals. Further, in the 100's of T20 internationals there has only been 7 centuries scored (of which McCullum has 2), while in your "quality" competition there has been 3 scored in the past month and 6 scores in the 90's. McCullum's problem with KKR this year is that he wasn't an all-rounder (e.g Kallis), wasn't staying for the whole competition (e.g. Morgan) and is isn't a spinner (e.g. Narine) which ruled him out of all home games due to the nature of the pitch. To call McCullum a passenger is a bit harsh and shows a lack of cricketing knowledge.

  • POSTED BY cricketlover111 on | May 4, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Wonderful news, the IPL as a cricketing spectacle is great, but the bowlers are club standard in a lot of cases and it is not a good preparation for test cricket. The best thing to do is to get them playing in English conditions against good bowling attacks as quickly as possible.

  • POSTED BY pllwizard on | May 4, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    haha......cant stop laughing.... i guess the teams will miss these players who they never played

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    so are we still expecting mcculum to bat 6 but hav williamson as captain and possibly a brownlie 4 and latham/guptil 5

  • POSTED BY Min2000 on | May 3, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster - the fact that you see the IPL as being more important than test cricket confirms that you are out of touch with how genuine cricket fans (not to mention the players) feel about T20. The IPL is not a popular competition outside of India, at least not in my experience. I dont know anyone that watches it, or follows it. The games are live on SKY (usually in the middle of the night) but the highlights and scores are rarely shown as part of the sports news here in NZ, which proves how little we care. I think you'll find its the same the world over.

  • POSTED BY jcdill on | May 3, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    i suppose that SL players are not ready for that kind of sacrifice for their country.Nation needs to be first,bt it seems that SL players have forgotten that and they will stay so much longer as possible and raise large amount of money,although they are under performing in ipl(thats a shame thing to say).

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 3, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    @shane-oh: Well, the ECB are thinking that they can use county cricket to keep their players away from the IPL. On the other hand, the IPL is going from strength to strength without English players and is easily the world's BEST T20 competition. Adding to that, this year's season has been QUALITY all through. More talk has been about cricket, the teams, the players rather than other stories which will only put the league in good stead for years to come. Some naive user here claims the IPL will vanish away soon which is laughable. It's TEST cricket that will eventually disappear in the next decade. Mark my words. There is nothing in that format to entice new fans of the sport or people in other countries. Only T20 cricket can globalize the sport truly and every test cricket cheerleader knows this which is why they continue to look down upon the game's best format.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 3, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    That's excellent news. The NZ squad deserves to be at full strength and get full preparation to give the best account of themselves that they possibly can and England need the sternest test possible. If England can't perform significantly better against NZ than they did in NZ then hopes of Ashes victories, particularly away, and a return to #1 at some point will be looking much further away.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 2, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    This is GREAT news. In the interests of preserving the status of Tests being the supreme form of the game, this is great news for World Cricket. McCullum & Taylor could be forgiven for opting for the Gayle-style fly in at the last moment option - as like Gayle & the WIndies, NZ players aren't exactly on the highest national retainer/contracts. Sacrificing IPL money is a considerable issue, & with McCullum in particular, a highly prized IPL asset, putting NZ's test tour first is excellent. Also great that Taylor despite some team issues, is putting NZ first. == == == I just wonder IF, a SMALL part of the reason for these two departing early, is because they sense they are half a chance of something historic? == == == From an Ozzy perspective, I would love our little cuzzy bro's to cause England a few headaches prior to the Ashes. Purely for the interests of our ANZAC tradition, GO BLACK CAPS! LOL!

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Good 4 newzealand... Hope for a good series.

  • POSTED BY cricketlover111 on | May 4, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster- Agree with you that Taylor has been "insignificant", but McCullum? He had one game! He has 500 runs+ more than any other player in T20 International cricket and has an international average basically the same as Chris Gayle. I note while Gayle averages 54 in your "quality" competition, he only averages 35 in internationals. Further, in the 100's of T20 internationals there has only been 7 centuries scored (of which McCullum has 2), while in your "quality" competition there has been 3 scored in the past month and 6 scores in the 90's. McCullum's problem with KKR this year is that he wasn't an all-rounder (e.g Kallis), wasn't staying for the whole competition (e.g. Morgan) and is isn't a spinner (e.g. Narine) which ruled him out of all home games due to the nature of the pitch. To call McCullum a passenger is a bit harsh and shows a lack of cricketing knowledge.

  • POSTED BY cricketlover111 on | May 4, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Wonderful news, the IPL as a cricketing spectacle is great, but the bowlers are club standard in a lot of cases and it is not a good preparation for test cricket. The best thing to do is to get them playing in English conditions against good bowling attacks as quickly as possible.

  • POSTED BY pllwizard on | May 4, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    haha......cant stop laughing.... i guess the teams will miss these players who they never played

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    so are we still expecting mcculum to bat 6 but hav williamson as captain and possibly a brownlie 4 and latham/guptil 5

  • POSTED BY Min2000 on | May 3, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster - the fact that you see the IPL as being more important than test cricket confirms that you are out of touch with how genuine cricket fans (not to mention the players) feel about T20. The IPL is not a popular competition outside of India, at least not in my experience. I dont know anyone that watches it, or follows it. The games are live on SKY (usually in the middle of the night) but the highlights and scores are rarely shown as part of the sports news here in NZ, which proves how little we care. I think you'll find its the same the world over.

  • POSTED BY jcdill on | May 3, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    i suppose that SL players are not ready for that kind of sacrifice for their country.Nation needs to be first,bt it seems that SL players have forgotten that and they will stay so much longer as possible and raise large amount of money,although they are under performing in ipl(thats a shame thing to say).

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 3, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    @shane-oh: Well, the ECB are thinking that they can use county cricket to keep their players away from the IPL. On the other hand, the IPL is going from strength to strength without English players and is easily the world's BEST T20 competition. Adding to that, this year's season has been QUALITY all through. More talk has been about cricket, the teams, the players rather than other stories which will only put the league in good stead for years to come. Some naive user here claims the IPL will vanish away soon which is laughable. It's TEST cricket that will eventually disappear in the next decade. Mark my words. There is nothing in that format to entice new fans of the sport or people in other countries. Only T20 cricket can globalize the sport truly and every test cricket cheerleader knows this which is why they continue to look down upon the game's best format.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 3, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    @landl47: Which is exactly the OPPOSITE feeling for me. 7 to 8 months of BORING, DULL, and unimaginative cricket. It will be like sitting on burning coal as far as I am concerned. Test cricket as I know it is a pain but talk about back to back Ashes. It is overkill and will speed up the death of tests contrary to what many people think. So I guess I should be happy then but still, the coming 7 to 8 months will be a torrid time for me.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 3, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    The fact is BOTH these players were insignificant for their respective franchises. The clubs did not need them and hence let them go. Any sensible person could realize that. It's not as if these players are giving a high importance to an irrelevant series against England. Had they been on form and fitness, I bet they would have stayed behind for their teams and earned their pay. The fact the IPL has been a QUALITY tournament this year is due to the hard work and perseverance shown by MOST players to win games for their teams. Which is why all the teams should get rid of a few players who are nothing more than mere 'passengers'. Go on Ross and McCullum, hope you enjoy the rain in England.

  • POSTED BY deepshah4321 on | May 3, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Not sure how much advantageous that would be for the New Zeland side but it certainly is a relief for the spectators of the IPL matches as well as the players in the teams themselves because these two, from the matches I have seen are useless. They may be good fielders but they certainly are not performing upto their scheduled price for the IPL or their own potential. I guess the IPL franchises released them early because there really was no need for them to be on the team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    West Indies players also should think about their lost National Glory brought to them by Veterans Gary Sobers,The GreatestCliveLlyod,Vivian Richards,Desmond Haynes,Cordon Greenidge,Hall,Griffith,Malcom Marshal,Andy Roberts,MichaelHolding,Holder,& many more prominent Players responsible for the Glory& in fact making West Indies a prominent& well known Nation in the World.Test Cricket is the Soul& Essence of Cricket.West Indies too are scheduled to visit England. So their prominent IPL players ChrisGayle,Dwayne,Bravo,Dwayne Smith,Pollard,Sunil Narine ,Captain Sammy& the likevshould also leave IPL & rush back to keep up their Prestige over & above IPLwhich is just a game of Money.Money alone is not the soul of cricket. So the WI players also should leave as soon as possible to safeguard their National Glory once they had & lost SreedharanMundanat

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | May 3, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Wow - i can just imagine the backlash if any domestic team tried to hold back a player from international duty. Sure there may not be the same amounts of money in the domestic leagues outside the IPL however how can you put a value on the years of training and support players a given from their home teams with the view that they will one day represent their country (not a franchise). Im not against the IPL and enjoy watching it - however i am against players who put it over their international test career. I would hope a balance could be struck but people have to remember that IPL is a domestic Indian league (albeit with money).

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    It is a very good decision for both NewZealanders to leave for Englamd because a test match is more important for them being their National pride.This IPL is just a pastime for money & won't last for ever,it will have it's natural death when wise Nations realize the damage done by IPL to their National games.So cricket playing Nations would think in due course about scrapping& dismantling the like .Money at ease for players would naturally ruin their National pride because they would think wrongly that even if dropped from National Team,they could survive well.

    As Sachin Tendulkar said TEST CRICKET is the soul of cricket. So what the NewZealanders did is an eyeopener for all nations & their prominent players.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | May 3, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    @Meety: yes, the Lions side is pretty much an England reserve team, though Root's recent form indicates that he is developing quickly into a quality player. I'm stoked for the NZ series, the games in NZ were exciting and both sides had their ups and downs. NZ produces amazingly competitive teams given how small their pool of players to choose from is.

    The Australia A side is also very strong and the games should be well worth following. Once we get the IPL out of the way, it should be a great 7 or 8 months' cricket!

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | May 3, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    @ Min2000 - I think you (and a few other contributors) have missed the thrust of the story. The 2 players were always going to arrive late to England, but were always going to be there in time for the second warm up game (and probably would never have played the first one anyway). All that has really changed is that they will be there slightly earlier. I absolutely agree the NZ side should always come first, but unfortunately we have to recognise that the IPL has changed the cricketing landscape (largely for the worse, although there are obvious benefits). We have to accommodate the desire of our leading players to take part because the money they can earn is too much to expect them to ignore it - this sets them and their families up for life. In fact, the only reason we are encroaching on it at all is because we are touring England, and the ECB still has it's head buried in the sand and believes it can maintain absolute control of it's players forever.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Exactly their respected IPL FRANCHISE's had to release coz both these players Brendon McCullum & Ross Taylor were off form and knew that their team is now not going to reach th quarter stage. But below par performance from both. Surely must have hurtled both the franchise bosses for their pathetic performance. Now will see what they will be doing for their country Kiwi Land.

  • POSTED BY Min2000 on | May 3, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    I hope they do get dropped from their IPL sides. Let them play in the HRV cup, or Aussie's Big Bash if they want to slog for money. Sure, it'll be a pay cut but they're both T20 millionaires by now anyway.

    I don't begrudge them wanting to make great money, but this particular instance the New Zealand team should take priority.

    Our test side, while still missing Vettori and Ryder, is finally developing depth and some belief. We need ALL our players in the side permanently - we don't need our key batsmen distracted by a sideshow that no one in NZ cares about in the slightest.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | May 3, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    May be I didn't write as clearly. My observation was only for IPL T20 league, nothing to do with other formats. Their performances have not matched their reputation in the past 2 years or so when they used to produce match winning scores.

  • POSTED BY Pavan_15 on | May 3, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    This is really good news. This actually serves all the purposes as two players haven't got much of a chance to play so far although ross made it to 5 but Mccullum only 1. And they have given the priority to their nation and to the ultimate format of Real Cricket!!! The basic passion towards cricket is what made them to reach this level and now after reaching this level they should not spoil that passion by giving importance to Money!! I personally like IPL but no one can take out the challenges and the Test of character from Test Cricket.

  • POSTED BY youfoundme on | May 3, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    And when will Jesse Ryder be arriving?

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | May 3, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    The way things have turned out the captain and best batsman now have to join their side on time-as it should be. There is something not quite right about the captain turning up the day before a Test. Chris Gayle's late appearance in 2009 was laxadaisacal to say the least.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | May 3, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    @StraightHit I think both the franchises did not know how to extract the maximum from these players. Wonder why they even bid that much amount when they are not utilizing their services. I think it is better the franchise not retain them and put them in auction so that some other franchise can bid them for the price they are worth and extract the maximum from them.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 3, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    StraightHit you do realise that McCullum only played one game this IPL? But I do hope he does leave KKR next season as they didn't know how to use him, last season they tried to make him anchor the innings, thats not how he naturally rolls, 9 times out of 10 he would make Morgan look like a snail if he was in his spot with a free license. As for Taylor, I believe his lack of form is due to the internal turmoil thats been going on in NZ cricket of the last several months, to write him off at 29 years old is silly as when he is in form he is as good as anyone in the shorter form of the game.

  • POSTED BY Rixgm7 on | May 3, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    They are still late joining the tour, they should have been in England for the first nets session, 2 days ago. Late is late in my books.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | May 3, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    @ StraightHit - writing people off as past their best when they are aged 31 and 29 shows a startling lack of cricket knowledge. Based on the repeated pattern we always see, if anything these 2 are yet to even hit their prime years as batsmen. I guess this shows the mentality of the modern, T20 fan - if you don't try smash every ball for 6 and average 20 at a strike rate of 150 then you are past it.

    Moving along, as much as I welcome these 2 into the NZ setup, this really illustrates the madness that is the IPL - I understand Taylor was given a go and was out of form, but McCullum is unquestionably one of the world's premier T20 players and wasn't even given a run. Well, when a league pays massive money for unknown players with less than mediocre records (there are many examples), I guess you can't really expect logical decision making.

  • POSTED BY vish57 on | May 3, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    IPL should have 12 teams , playing each other once with 5 overseas player in the playing X1. The fifth player should be from associate member or neighbours such as BD/PAK/SL. That means 66 league matches and 4 matches in semi final /final stages. This will give more scope for Indian Players as against 63 possible Indian players in playing XI for 9 teams , we can have 72 possible Indian Players and 60 overseas player instead 36 overseas players. Financially strong teams are buying and keeping players in bench like Maxwell. The competition will be more broad and challanging. Also IPL should allow one bowler to bowl a maximum of 5 overs instead of 4 overs, after all it is a batsmen game and let them face the best bowlers. Let Gayle or Hussey face 5 overs of Steyn or Morkel. Also the predictable first 6 overs of power play should be split in to 2 power playes of 3 overs each to be opted by fielding team /batting team the toss itself. DRS should be introduced in IPL as well.

  • POSTED BY Gavin_larsen on | May 3, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    @StraightHit That's funny. You might be right about Taylor who seems to have failed to recover from the captaincy debacle. But that's a bit of a blind (or amazingly perceptive) claim about McCullum given he scored seven 50+ scores out of ten innings against the much lauded England across the three formats this year (and mostly at a high runrate). But I guess one score of 6 in an IPL game indicates he's on his way out...

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | May 3, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    being a NON-TEST players sometimes helps you to make money... Morgan,Luke wright,Owais shaw enjoy being T20 specialists...

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | May 3, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Ross was a super duper hit only for RCB, in later years, he was just an ordinarey player. I wish he is picked again by Dr.Mallya, he is a huge talent, the match against KKR which he won single handedly in season 2 33b,92 runs was outstanding best innings.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 3, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    @landl47 on (May 3, 2013, 4:29 GMT) - I tried to comment on the Lions article, (3 or 4 times), to applaud the fact that the ECB has selected a worthy team to take on NZ with no real hint of political trickery that is rampant in a certain other Board. This is shaping up to being a far more interesting contest than would of been given credit a year ago!

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | May 3, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    I still think those two should miss the first warm up game to get an idea of where guptil and latham are at but definately play your test team in the second match. although neither of their franchises looked interested in either of them so im sure pune and kolkata wouldn't have cared about losing them early and i don't think we should be praiseing them so much for coming over early, i think if they were regular starters they would still be there earning the big bucks, i dont think they put nz first i just think they were not needed or worse than that, wanted.

  • POSTED BY gousefarooqui on | May 3, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    it is very sad to see two NZ,s best players have not given enough chance to play in IPL

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | May 3, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    I'm pleased that they'll be available to prepare for the tests, but the cynic in me feels that this decision was made a lot easier by the fact that their teams are 7th and 9th in a nine-team league and have very little chance of qualifying for the playoffs anyway.

    Be that as it may, hopefully they'll soon adjust to English conditions and we'll be set for a good test series.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | May 3, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    McCullum and Taylor, have hardly set the IPL alight with one of them (McCullum) having played 1 game (and Eoin Morgan being being preferred to him) and other guy (Taylor) played the first few games for his franchise and then was made to sit out as result of poor form. So it was an easy decision for the franchises to take. If they were crucial players (imagine WI visiting England, would Pollard, Gayle, Narine and the two Dwayne's Bravo and Smith be released by the franchises? I don't think so). But good for test cricket that Brendon and Ross are playing in England. At least it will be more competitive and make for far better viewing (Nothing better than a competitive test match). At least it made me happy!

  • POSTED BY msankar on | May 3, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    IPL6: Sad ending for two IPL legends!!!

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | May 3, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    And then they said IPL destroys test cricket, its a very good move by the franchises to send them early so that they don't have to rush in just few days before the first test!!

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | May 3, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Just as well. Feel both had their best years behind them. Doubt if they will be retained by their respective IPL franchises next year. Time to blood new talent next year.

  • POSTED BY iceaxe on | May 3, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    I'm expecting both McCullum and Taylor to pick up from where they left in NZ. That shouldn't be a problem for McCullum who seems to thrive under pressure. Why KKR only played him once is beyond me. Taylor on the other hand has some work to do. His technique and prowess is not an issue, so perhaps he still has sour grapes over the captaincy debacle. If he can pull a good score in the opener and get his mojo back, it should make for an excellent contest. The bowlers are in,... the batsmen now need to step up.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Get an international window for IPL already ... resisting it is just not seeing the big picture! Cricket is a sport played for spectators and every country benefits from money flowing into the game, from wherever! Plus cricket in May in England is anyway a cold, drab affair with summer starting only later in June ...

  • POSTED BY trav29 on | May 2, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    good decision

    whats the point of them sitting on a bench in india when they could be getting ready for a series with their country

    the IPL really needs to look at the number of foreign players franchises can have in a squad as there are quite a few guys out there who are never gonna get a game and its basically just a paid holiday for them

    in addition there seem to be a lot of examples of people playing because of who they are , or rather who they used to be, and players who, from a purely cricket rather than commercial perspective, could add more to the team are left out

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    Brendon McCullum and Ross are major factors in IPL. This is the way that other players should have for their country. It's not about the money, but about the sport.

  • POSTED BY hydsultans84 on | May 2, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    good that these players would be concentrating on tests as both kolkata and pune are out of this year playoffs.

  • POSTED BY Dan9999 on | May 2, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Startling that McCullum hasn't played more for KKR but Narine has been excellent once again, Morgan has been a brilliant finisher, Kallis is perhaps not pulling his weight but that fourth overseas slot is up for grabs. McCullum was excellent against England in NZ and is what the fans want to see so again, suprising. This can only be good for NZ and should make the series more competitive.

  • POSTED BY GeoffreysMother on | May 2, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    This is good news for NZ and the series. And it is good that the IPL recognises the importance of test cricket. Well done all round.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Good. Test cricket is far more important than IPL cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Good. Test cricket is far more important than IPL cricket.

  • POSTED BY GeoffreysMother on | May 2, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    This is good news for NZ and the series. And it is good that the IPL recognises the importance of test cricket. Well done all round.

  • POSTED BY Dan9999 on | May 2, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Startling that McCullum hasn't played more for KKR but Narine has been excellent once again, Morgan has been a brilliant finisher, Kallis is perhaps not pulling his weight but that fourth overseas slot is up for grabs. McCullum was excellent against England in NZ and is what the fans want to see so again, suprising. This can only be good for NZ and should make the series more competitive.

  • POSTED BY hydsultans84 on | May 2, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    good that these players would be concentrating on tests as both kolkata and pune are out of this year playoffs.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    Brendon McCullum and Ross are major factors in IPL. This is the way that other players should have for their country. It's not about the money, but about the sport.

  • POSTED BY trav29 on | May 2, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    good decision

    whats the point of them sitting on a bench in india when they could be getting ready for a series with their country

    the IPL really needs to look at the number of foreign players franchises can have in a squad as there are quite a few guys out there who are never gonna get a game and its basically just a paid holiday for them

    in addition there seem to be a lot of examples of people playing because of who they are , or rather who they used to be, and players who, from a purely cricket rather than commercial perspective, could add more to the team are left out

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Get an international window for IPL already ... resisting it is just not seeing the big picture! Cricket is a sport played for spectators and every country benefits from money flowing into the game, from wherever! Plus cricket in May in England is anyway a cold, drab affair with summer starting only later in June ...

  • POSTED BY iceaxe on | May 3, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    I'm expecting both McCullum and Taylor to pick up from where they left in NZ. That shouldn't be a problem for McCullum who seems to thrive under pressure. Why KKR only played him once is beyond me. Taylor on the other hand has some work to do. His technique and prowess is not an issue, so perhaps he still has sour grapes over the captaincy debacle. If he can pull a good score in the opener and get his mojo back, it should make for an excellent contest. The bowlers are in,... the batsmen now need to step up.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | May 3, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Just as well. Feel both had their best years behind them. Doubt if they will be retained by their respective IPL franchises next year. Time to blood new talent next year.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | May 3, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    And then they said IPL destroys test cricket, its a very good move by the franchises to send them early so that they don't have to rush in just few days before the first test!!