New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had led Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL this year. @ AFP
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had led Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL this year. @ AFP

New Zealand Cricket on Monday have granted their players to feature in the full Season 12 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year. The news comes after the England Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA) had reportedly informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that their players will not be available for next year’s IPL beyond May 1 in view of the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales which begins on May 30.

“One of the things New Zealand Cricket has decided is to allow its players to play in the Indian Premier League right till the end of the IPL,” James Wear, GM Commercial, New Zealand Cricket, was quoted as saying in a report in PTI on Monday.

“So, we are keen to give our guys as much experience playing all around the world as possible so that they get a great experience by playing in the IPL.”

Among the prominent New Zealand players to feature in the IPL include Kane Williamson, who led Sunrisers Hyderabad in absence of David Warner this season, Colin Munro, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan.

“Last season we had 11 players playing in there [IPL], which was great for us and we are keen to continue that,” Wear said.

The IPL next year is likely to begin in the first week of April and conclude in the third week of May.

Meanwhile, New Zealand will host the Indian team in the upcoming five-match ODI series and three T20Is beginning with the first ODI on January 23 at Napier.