Several prominent New Zealand cricketers could be faced with the club versus country dilemma next year, after it was announced that England will host New Zealand for a full series that clashes with the IPL season in 2013.
New Zealand are scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals in England summer during a tour that will overlap with the sixth season of the IPL. The lucrative Twenty20 league, which features New Zealand players such as Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Jesse Ryder, James Franklin, Nathan McCullum as well as the young fast bowler Doug Bracewell, is set to start on April 3 and run until the end of May. New Zealand begin their tour of England with a three-day practice match against Derbyshire from May 4.
This presents a problem for New Zealand's cricketers under an eight-year agreement between the country's cricket board, the players association and the six major domestic teams. Created in August 2010, the agreement ensures a participation window for New Zealand cricketers in the IPL. This was not a problem in 2012 as New Zealand did not have any international series during IPL 5, but matters could come to a head in 2013.
Currently only five centrally contracted New Zealand players have IPL deals – Taylor, Vettori, Ryder and the McCullums. Ryder has not been granted a New Zealand Cricket contract and Franklin and Bracewell are not contracted.