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article imageNew Zealand cricketers could miss first Test in England next year

By Kev Hedges     Jun 3, 2012 in Sports
New Zealand could be forced to send a second-string cricket side to face England in the first Test at Lords next May as the five-day game clashes with the Indian Premier League season.
Several players from New Zealand play in the IPL which begins on April 7. The first Test, scheduled to play at Lords cricket ground in London, begins on May 16 and this means New Zealand's finest eleven cricketers will arrive in London the day before leaving them no time to prepare for the Test. The board representing New Zealand's cricketers could not convince the English Cricket Board (ECB) to change the schedule and that effectively means the board will have to select a severely weakened side to face England.
There are eight New Zealanders who play in the IPL, where one weeks wage amounts to more than their annual salary paid to them by the New Zealand Cricket Board, four of the players are regular first-team starters. England are not keen to move schedules around to fit in with the IPL and the result will be England will not really be tested by a New Zealand reserve side, reports ESPN
Countries like New Zealand and the West Indies are badly affected by the schedules surrounding the IPL season unlike the big four cricketing nations of England, India, South Africa and Australia who can pay their stars enough money to tempt them away from IPL contracts.
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