IPL Not Hampering New Zealand Players' World Cup Preparations, Says Coach Gary Stead

Updated: 23 April 2019 18:05 IST

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has registered a poor outing in the IPL 2019, scoring just 28 runs in four matches.

IPL Not Hampering New Zealand Players
Kane Williamson scored mere 28 runs in four matches. © BCCI/IPL

A bunch of New Zealand players have missed two of three national team camps for the World Cup 2019 due to their Indian Premier League (IPL) commitments. But New Zealand coach Gary Stead believes it won't have any impact on his players as they are professionals and know how to handle the situation. Stead also believes the lucrative tournament will be a preparation for his players for the quadrennial.

New Zealand, currently third in the One-day International (ODI) rankings were the first to announce their squad for the World Cup 2019.

The New Zealand coach had then announced that his side will begin training from April 15. However, according to the report, as many as eight players will miss the camps due to their IPL commitments

"No, no, not at all," icc-cricket.com quoted Stead as saying to Newshub.

"They're over there playing cricket and that's the main thing at this stage - they're all preparing - they're professionals they know what they need to do," he added.

In the IPL 2019, the New Zealand players have had a pretty inconsistent outing with their skipper Kane Williamson scoring mere 28 runs in four matches.

Mitchell Santner, Colin Munro, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Colin de Grandhomme and Tim Southee have all played only a few games each, while Martin Guptill is yet to feature this season.

Ahead of the World Cup, the New Zealand XI led by Tom Latham is slated to play three unofficial one-dayers against Australia. The matches will run from May 5 to 9.

Highlights
  • Kane Williamson has registered a poor outing in the IPL 2019
  • New Zealand players have missed two of three national team camps
  • Martin Guptill is yet to feature this season
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