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New Zealand's England series to clash with IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 1, 2012

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Schedule of NZ's England tour in 2013

  • May 4-6: Three-day game v Derbyshire
  • May 9-12: four-day game v England Lions
  • May 16-20 First Test
  • May 24-28: Second Test
  • May 31: First ODI
  • June 2: Second ODI
  • June 5: Third ODI
  • June 22: T20 v Kent
  • June 25: First T20
  • June 27: Second T20
  • (The Champions Trophy will be played between the ODIs and the T20s)

New Zealand's tour of England next year (see schedule alongside) is likely to overlap with the 2013 IPL season, forcing the likes of captain Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori to choose which series to take part in. Next year's IPL is set to start on April 3 and is expected to run till the end of May, while New Zealand's warm-up matches begin on May 4.

The clash in schedules seems to violate the terms of the eight-year agreement between NZC, the players' association and the six major domestic associations that called for a clear IPL window for New Zealand's cricketers.

Since the deal was signed in August 2010, there has been only one IPL season during which there were no international commitments for New Zealand's players. Five New Zealand cricketers - Vettori, Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum and Jesse Ryder - currently on a central contract have signed up with IPL franchises.

While Ryder's New Zealand contract will come to an end in June, other IPL players like allrounder James Franklin and fast bowler Doug Bracewell will be in line for contracts.

So far New Zealand, unlike West Indies, have not had to field a weakened side due to the IPL.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

Who cares about a boring test series between eng and nz... not even the nz players...

Posted by 1st_april on (June 4, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

@maddy20 only a matter of time.....with your current crop of 'test' cricketers....winning test series in India will become a sinecure...i expect a minimum of 2-0 win for Australia next summer in India...we have a decent record in India 12 wins 15 loses.....Clarke and Dhoni have daylight difference in their captaincy approaches

Posted by maddy20 on (June 4, 2012, 1:06 GMT)

@maximum6 You got it all wrong pal. Players are free to skip IPL if they want. They cannot play in IPL without getting NOC from their respective boards. Its just that since the financial rewards are so huge, NZC made a window for it in their player contracts. If there is anyone to be blamed here its the board that has scheduled the series knowing well that the IPL would clash with it! @nzcricket174 Don't worry. They won't be number .1 after this July . If they somehow survive the Saffas, India will take care of their ranking!

Posted by maddy20 on (June 4, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

@1st_april Well. England did not win a series in India in a long long time. No team has won a series in India in 9 years, the only country to boast such a record. Besides it is easy to make excuses like redundant format etc., when you lose the format every time. A dominant team should be flexible enough to beat teams in all formats. If they can't then they are not No.1 @Herath-UK Incentives to NZ, SL etc.,? Are you kidding? Did you ever see ECB helping fellow boards financially ? When SLC was in trouble BCCI scheduled tours to Lanka repeatedly to drag them out(during the 2007-2009 period). Even though that was an overkill it did solve the board's problems. Did you ever see ECB do that? Also understand that IPL is financial security for players after they retire. NZC contracts are about 1/30 of the fee they get in IPL/season. Period!

Posted by Reverend-Cavalier on (June 3, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

This scheduling is an arm wrestle between ECB and BCCI.

Posted by   on (June 3, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

at abaa - If ICC allows BCI to get a window for them they should allow others too..U have to treat all countries equally ! Thats why ICC doesnt allow a window.

Posted by Timmuh on (June 3, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

Cricket_Analyst, there are sometimes games "provisionally" scheduled in tours of England. Usually they are against counties who may be available depending on whether they are taking part in finals of limited overs comps,and a reserve county is named in case of unavailability. In this case, NZ will presumably simply not play against Kent if they make the final of the Champions Trophy.

Posted by Abaa on (June 2, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

I'm not a big fan of the IPL. But without being selfish, we need to consider the situation these people are in. They're having the option of making in a week what they can otherwise make in a year. The IPL might not be good for cricket. But it is a haven for cricketers. It is their life and they have the right to make whatever decision they wish to. The best option is to create a window for the IPL. Only for the IPL and not any of the other tournaments like BBL or BPL or SLPL. Because if every country was to have its own tournament, there would be no time for real cricket. But two months set aside for one tournament that is beneficial for cricketers can be thought of. The IPL is a total waste of time from an honest cricketing point of view but if the entertainment quotient and the financial security it can provide to cricketers is considered, it is definitely worth making a provision for.

Posted by Herath-UK on (June 2, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

This was exactly the scenario last year when Sri Lankan stars landed just before the Tests and struggled to adjust to the conditions;I think the ultimate suffering is to the English cricket being subjected to humiliation;ECB should take a positive stand and help the boards in NZ,Sri Lanka and WI etc to give incentives to these stars or it should consider to postpone the early summer Tests by about two weeks with series going to late autumn.I do not think it has the wherewithal to negociate with IPL to cut down it to about four weeks.

Ranil Herath -Kent

Posted by 1st_april on (June 2, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

@maddy20 nope.....i would take test series wins in IND/SAF/ENG over the world cup....which is the biggest tournament of the redundant format of the game i.e. 50 over cricket

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