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Vettori leaves IPL participation on NZ hands

Vettori leaves IPL participation on NZ hands

The Kiwis are to tour England the same time as the IPL.

New Delhi: New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori says he and his players will fall in line with whatever decision New Zealand Cricket makes with regard to their participation in the IPL.

There have been fears that with five senior Kiwi players snapped up for the tournament, there may be a conflict of interest ahead of the team's tour to England that starts in April.

If the players miss the warm-up matches in England leading up to the first Test on May 15, they can play in the IPL and earn at least part of their substantial fee.

Besides Vettori, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills and Ross Taylor have signed up for the inaugural Twenty20 event.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan legends Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan, however, will have no problems playing in the IPL. They have been rested from the One-day squad that will take on the West Indies next month.

Jayasuriya, who has played 411 One-day matches had a poor series in Australia and will be replaced by 21-year-old Mahela Udawatte. Murali is being rested in an attempt to prolong his career till the 2011 World Cup. Lasith Malinga will also miss the tour due to a knee injury.
first published:March 12, 2008, 21:31 IST