Christchurch: New Zealand players might put the Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of their national contract in future if their international commitment coincides with the cash-awash Twenty20 league, warned Kiwi captain Daniel Vettori.

A day after Vettori and five of his teammates — Brendon McCullum, Jacob Oram, Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder and Kyle Mills —signed New Zealand Cricket contracts to make themselves available for the home series against Australia next March, the left-arm spinner said they might opt for IPL if forced to make a choice between national duty and the Twenty20 league.

Difficult decision

“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 was quoted as saying by Herald on Sunday.

“We want to make the most of that and have a successful team. But we realise 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,” he said.

Vettori said had it been a team like Bangladesh, and not Australia, some of the players might have opted for IPL.

“If Bangladesh were here (rather than Australia) it might have been an easier decision for players. It didn’t come into my thinking because my priority is to play for New Zealand,” said Vettori who represents Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. — PTI

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