Pakistan New Zealand T20 series: Why do key players of the Kiwi team prefer IPL instead of coming to Pakistan?

New Zealand announced their squad for the T20I series against Pakistan starting on April 18, missing the names of several key players as they will not be able to participate in the series due to the ongoing IPL in India.

New Zealand announced their squad for the T20I series against Pakistan starting on April 18, missing the names of several key players as they will not be able to participate in the series due to the ongoing IPL in India.

Many star cricketers including Trent Boult, Dion Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, and Kane Williamson are in India to play in the IPL, and due to the absence of key players. All-rounder Michael Bracewell will be seen leading the Kiwi team for the first time.

The Kiwi team selected for Pakistan, in which the new tent has been placed, is being called the ‘B Team’ and there is a lot of reaction on social media in Pakistan.

It should be noted that the series of five T20 matches between Pakistan and New Zealand will start from April 18 in Pakistan.

Expressing disappointment, Pakistani cricketer Junaid Khan said that he was sorry to see that the leagues were being prioritized over the team that gave him so much respect.

In a tweet on X, Junaid Khan said that 11 to 12 senior players are not available for this series.

It should be remembered that this is not the first time and earlier also in the year 2023, due to IPL, nine big players of New Zealand did not come to play the Pakistan series.

No board wants to incur BCCI displeasure

Many critics in Pakistan are questioning that if any player is playing the league after leaving national duty, is the player power so much that even the board is not able to force them?

Many cricket analysts believe that each country’s cricket board has understood the huge fees and experience that the IPL brings to its players and one of the reasons for this is that the Indian team tours to these countries. Brings a big revenue.

In such a situation, no one would want to incur the displeasure of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) or spoil the relationship with them. And not a contract with board players but it is a board-to-board contract.

“Boards of players participating in the IPL commit with the BCCI that we will not recall our players who played in the IPL for any international series.”

Sami Chaudhry says that earlier it was known that no two countries were allowed to play each other during the IPL, but due to criticism in the past years, they allowed it. Will not recall their big players.

An example of this is the Australian team whose main players were playing the IPL and the B team played the ODI series. Apart from this, nine big players of New Zealand did not come to Pakistan due to IPL in the year 2023.

However, Sami also believes that there is no doubt that the board does not want to upset the BCCI as the same Indian team when they visit these countries for a series generates huge revenue from such a series (in which both border sharing occurs).

Sami says ‘Obviously, the revenue that comes from playing India cannot come from playing Pakistan. A series with Pakistan doesn’t even generate 10 percent of the revenue of a series with India and money is ultimately a huge factor.”

He says that the New Zealand board itself is not getting anything from the IPL, but they know that if they call Williamson, Trent Boult, and Tim Southee back from the IPL today, tomorrow they will be back with India. The series will come into question and suffer a loss of revenue.

“In the World Cup, not this team, but the original team of New Zealand will come forward.”

But from Pakistan’s point of view, it is very similar to the situation in last year’s 50-over World Cup, where we played B teams before the Asia Cup and World Cup, and in the end, our national team stumbled against the A teams.

In this regard, Sami Chaudhry says that if we don’t have one or two main players, their B team will beat us, but now our A team may sweep their B team five to zero. But obviously, this New Zealand team will not be in the World Cup and like the last time, the real New Zealand will come forward.

In response to the question, is this a good opportunity for Pakistan to rest its big players and test new talent keeping in mind the future?

In this regard, Sami Chaudhry believes that indeed New Zealand is sending their B team, but their second-choice boys are also the best players.

He cites the example of the recent T20I series with Pakistan in New Zealand, which did not feature big players like New Zealand’s Williamson for the first three matches and the Kiwi board included a lot of new faces and rookies who Beat us by series.

Sami Chaudhry believes that status padding should not be the only objective. He believes that it shouldn’t matter to Babar that ‘since I am now back as captain, something has to happen, I have to win this series 5-0 so that everything from the tee to the social media goes viral. Let the flags of my name fly and obviously when he wants to bat, he will feed his A-listed players in fear.’

They believe that all this will not be of any use because if only net practice is required then many opportunities will come. The senior players will get net practice in the upcoming matches in England and Ireland.

“It doesn’t matter whether the A team is coming or the B team, the goal is just to win the series by five to zero.”

Samee Chaudhry feels that if PCB wants to get something out of this series, they should give new boys a chance, and keep Babar as captain but make them a completely new team with three or four seniors and the rest eight freshmen. Feed the boys so that they get the experience of international cricket, how to play cricket at that level, and how to handle the pressure.

He added that this may give PCB two or three new boys who will come in handy in the World Cup and also get a good backup.

Sami Chaudhry says that the turn of West Indies was also repeatedly told to play new boys and if one gets injured, there should be a backup.

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