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‘NZ players may choose IPL cash over country’

Captain Daniel Vettori has said New Zealand cricketers may not choose country over cash in the future if they are forced to chose between national team and the IPL.

cricket Updated: Jul 26, 2009 23:58 IST

Captain Daniel Vettori has said New Zealand cricketers may not choose country over cash in the future if they are forced to chose between national team and the IPL. “A lot of guys put a lot of thought into it. It's a difficult decision and people have families and other issues to work through but our priority was to play for New Zealand,” Vettori told the New Zealand Herald.

“We want to make the most of that and have a successful team. But if these situations continue to come up, it will be difficult for players to continue to turn down the money, so we implore the powers that be to (find a solution) so we don't have to make these decisions every year.” Vettori's comments come after six players with IPL contracts signed their NZC contracts, making themselves available to play Australia.

Vaughan lauds players’ decision

NZC CEO Justin Vaughan praised his players for putting country ahead of the lure of the IPL. “It is something that will recur, and not only for New Zealand,” he said. “However all our players with IPL contracts who were offered contracts have now signed. This is an admirable decision by these individuals and they should be applauded for it. By signing their contracts they are sacrificing significant sums of money,” he added.