New Zealand retains players despite IPL lure

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> NZC has succeeded in signing its six IPL-contracted players, avoiding a possible rift caused by a scheduling clash with Australia's tour of the country.

Updated: July 24, 2009 08:48 IST
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Six Kiwi players, including skipper Daniel Vettori, have chosen the national team ahead of the Indian Premier League and signed their new contracts for the next season despite a clash between a home series and IPL commitments.

Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor were allowed the extra time to confirm their NZC contracts and all 20 players have now signed the national deals, New Zealand Cricket Board said.

The 2010 IPL was scheduled to start earlier on March 12 to accommodate the ICC World Twenty20 tournament and would clash with a significant part of Australia's scheduled tour to New Zealand, NZC added.

"However, all our players with IPL contracts who were offered a New Zealand Cricket contract have now signed," NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan said in the statement.

"This is an admirable decision by each of these individuals and they should be applauded for it. By signing their contracts, they are sacrificing significant sums of money. Their decision helps to reinforce international cricket as the pinnacle of our sport, and clearly shows that representing New Zealand remains the biggest motivating factor for our leading players.

Vaughan agreed it was a diffcult decision to make and urged for a quick solution to the problem.

"We appreciate this issue may recur again and the onus is on international cricket to pro-actively search for solutions so that players are not forced to make such difficult decisions in the future," he added.

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