The rebel Indian Cricket League is ready to off-load its New Zealand players like Shane Bond and Daryl Tuffey if requested, thus making them eligible for a national call-up.
According to a report in ‘The Sunday News´ in Wellington, the likes of Bond and Tuffey would be allowed to leave by the recession-hit league, which is fighting a grim battle to get ICC’s recognition in the face of tough opposition from the powerful Indian Cricket Board.
“Rebel cricketers including Shane Bond and Daryl Tuffey have been told they will be released from their ICL contracts if they request a release next week a move which will allow them to play for the Black Caps,” the report stated.
“Players contracted to the financially-strapped, unsanctioned Indian Cricket League recently received an email from tournament organisers informing them of the option,” it added.
New Zealand Cricket boss Justin Vaughan said NZC would be happy to welcome back the cricketers into the national side if they decide to end ties with ICL.
“We wouldn’t stand in the way of any players returning to the Black Caps if they aren’t tied to the ICL,” Vaughan said.