Indian Test stars get New Zealand warm-up

Updated: 02 March 2009 17:24 IST

New Zealand Cricket on Sunday confirmed that six Indian players would turn out in the domestic championship as warm-up to the Test series.

Indian Test stars get New Zealand warm-up
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Wellington:

New Zealand Cricket on Sunday confirmed that six Indian players would turn up in the domestic championship as warm-up to the Test series, defusing the tension between BCCI and Kiwi players' Association over the involvement of ICL-linked players in the tournament.

The six Indians - VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Laxmipathi Balaji and Dhawal Kulkarni - would play in the next two rounds of the State Championship.

The Indian players have been included only in those state teams, that do not feature ICL players.

Dravid will play for the State Canterbury Wizards against the State Central Stags at Rangiora, from March 6-9.

Leg-spinner Mishra will turn out for the Stags in the same game. Laxman will appear for the State Otago Volts against the State Wellington Firebirds for whom Balaji will be turning out at Dunedin, on similar dates.

In the next round from March 13-16, Vijay and Kulkarni will play for the Stags and Firebirds respectively at Napier.

The Test series begins in Hamilton on March 18.

"No Indian players will appear for the State Auckland Aces or State Northern Knights. This avoids any potential issues over the involvement of ICL players in the games. The Aces and Knights sides already have an overseas player in their teams," the NZC statement said.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth India New Zealand
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