IPL 2017: We encourage our players to play in the tournament, says New Zealand Cricket

"We think IPL is a top league. The New Zealand Cricket encourages its players to play in the IPL," James Wear, the commercial director of New Zealand Cricket, said at a sponsorship event in the city.

IPL 2017: We encourage our players to play in the tournament, says New Zealand Cricket
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Kolkata: Contrary to Cricket Australia (CA)`s stand against its star performers playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), New Zealand cricket authorities on Friday said they encourage their players to take part in the top notch Twenty20 league in India.

"We think IPL is a top league. The New Zealand Cricket encourages its players to play in the IPL," James Wear, the commercial director of New Zealand Cricket, said at a sponsorship event in the city.

Reports have surfaced that CA has offered three-year contracts to five of their most valuable cricketers including Test captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner in exchange for not playing in the IPL.