Christchurch, Dec 30 (UNI) Joining other cricket boards, New Zealand Cricket board has banned all the six New Zealand players who played in the recently concluded Indian Cricket League's (ICL) Twenty20 tournament held in India and will not be considered for national duties.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive Justin Vaughan was quoted as saying by Sunday Star Times, ''We have a preference that our selectors take into consideration the fact that these guys have been playing in an unsanctioned competition, an event that isn't in the best interests of New Zealand or world cricket, and that we'd rather that they didn't play.'' ICL roped in all-rounders Chris Cairns, Nathan Astle, Chris Harris and Craig McMillan, batsman Hamish Marshall and bowler Daryl Tuffey for the Twenty20 league. ICL, an unsanctioned body by the International Cricket Council received a very strong ressistance from all the national and international cricket boards.
Vaughan added, ''I don't think we can say that they're ineligible for selection. We'd prefer to say that the selectors will be encouraged to consider other players.
''There's an understanding that we don't support the ICL and that we don't want to give them unnecessary traction.'' But unlike Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), NZC had earlier said that the non-contracted players who appeared in the rebel league could continue to play domestic cricket.
The decision taken by NZC is largely symbolic as most of these players are retired from international cricket.
Harris, Cairns, Astle and McMillan have all retired from international cricket while Marshall and Tuffey had recently been consistently overlooked by selectors.