Christchurch:The chance for Rahul Dravid and company to get some practice ahead of the Test series against New Zealand has run into rough weather after the Players' Association has put its foot down on adding one more foreigner to the existing one in the state championship.
Dravid, VVS Laxman, Murali Vijay, Amit Mishra, Dhawal Kulkarni and Laxmipathi Balaji would join the Indian squad late and the Indian board has asked its New Zealand counterpart to provide some match practice.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan had said efforts are on to tag the six Indians to the teams for the state championship which has met with protest from the country's Players' Association.
"Dravid and Co. are penciled in to play the State Championship round that runs from March 6 till March 9. Which side they played in would either be a "contestable process" or made by random allocation," Vaughan had earlier said.
While the association has made it clear it won't support any relaxation of the rules surrounding overseas players, with each major association allowed only one overseas professional for any match, Vaughan was quoted as saying in a local newspaper that NZC had the facility "under the playing regulations to change" the rules surrounding overseas players.
"If they think they can change the conditions halfway through the competition we would be absolutely against that," Players' Association boss Heath Mills was quoted as saying by the 'New Zealand Herald'. Another contentious question is the dispersal of players. The New Zealand state championship is a three-way race with Central Districts, Wellington and Auckland looking for maximum points.
The sides with Dravid, Laxman and Mishra could be at an advantage than others.
Putting the six Indians at teams which are not in the reckoning in the championship too met with opposition from the Players' Association.
"You can't just go and change the playing conditions because it might be convenient. There is no way we would support that," Mills said.