Wellington: Corey Anderson will require clearance from New Zealand Cricket's medical staff before making his Indian Premier League debut, TVNZ reported on Wednesday.
The $866,000 all-rounder is preparing with his Mumbai Indians team in Abu Dhabi but won't play until New Zealand Cricket is satisfied he's recovered from the dislocated little finger suffered at the World Twenty20 on April 1. (Preview: It's Mumbai Indians Kolkata Knight Riders in first day, first show)
"They (Mumbai) have got to assess him on a daily basis but it's more a four-week injury when it could have been an eight-week injury. They're in communication with our medical team and when he shows he's fully fit he will be selected," New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said. (Full schedule)
Hesson will be keeping a close eye on the sub-continent in the next six weeks as the IPL begins in Abu Dhabi and Dubai before returning to India in May after the general elections.
New Zealand's IPL players will be late arrivals in the Caribbean and are allowed to remain in India till their team is eliminated. (Also read: Sachin monitors Mumbai Indians' training)
Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians, who beat Chennai in last year's final to win the tournament, will take on Gautam Gambhir-led Kolkata Knight Riders in the opening match of the seventh edition of IPL 7 on Wednesday. (Bowlers will win us matches, says Gambhir)