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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in New Jersey ahead of the T20 series against Australia.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has said that he would like to play Test cricket for the country more than the Indian Premier League (IPL). In fact, New Zealand have to play two Tests against England on June 2 and 14 at Lord’s and Edgbaston. However, IPL can also be organized from April to June. In such a situation, New Zealand cricketers may have to choose between playing for the IPL and the country. Williamson said they would take a decision according to the environment.
Williamson waiting for the IPL dates to be decided
ESPN CricketInfo quoted Williamson as saying, ‘Don’t think of missing the test for IPL. However, we cannot say anything about this at the moment. You make a plan, but things are not always according to the plan. We are waiting for the IPL dates to be decided. Only then will we move towards a decision.
Useful for Test WTC final against England
The New Zealand team has already reached the final of the World Test Championship. The final will be played at Lord’s in June. In such a situation, it can prove useful for New Zealand in terms of 2 Test practice against England. Apart from Williamson, players like Trent Boult, Kyle Jameson and Loki Ferguson have also been selected for the IPL from the New Zealand Test team.
Shakib Al Hasan withdrawn for IPL
Earlier, many former cricketers had criticized the players for prioritizing the IPL over the Test. Recently Shakib Al Hasan refused to go for the IPL tour of New Zealand. Many more cricketers may also prefer IPL. However, the New Zealand Cricket Board has given its players an exemption for both tournaments and is also ready to give a No Objection Certificate (NOC).
New jersey launched for T20 series
At the same time, New Jersey has also launched New Jersey for the 5 T20 series against Australia. Captain Williamson and Trent Boult launched this jersey. The New Zealand Cricket Board has also posted a photo with the new jersey. This jersey has a mixture of brown and black.
Colin Munro did not get place for T20 series
Left-handed explosive batsman Colin Munro did not find a place in the Kiwi squad for the T20 series starting on February 22. At the same time, 21-year-old Fin Allen was included as a reserve for the injured Guptill. The 13-member team will be headed by Williamson. The first T20 will be played on 22 February and the second T20 on 25 February. At the same time, the remaining three T20 matches will be played on March 3, 5 and 7.
New Zealand team for T20 series against Australia: Kane Williamson (captain), Hamish Bennett, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jameson, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seiferts Ish Sodhi, Tim Southey