How reveals IPL envy
Jamie How admits he is envious of the five members of the Black Caps squad who are involved in the inaugural IPL.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 24/04/08 6:09pm
New Zealand batsman Jamie How admits he and his team-mates have been forced to watch with envy as five members of the Black Caps squad take part in the inaugural Indian Premier League.
The Black Caps' preparations for their three-Test series against England get under way against MCC at Arundel on Sunday, and How is set to skipper the side as captain Daniel Vettori is amongst a number of Kiwi players absent from the opening warm-up fixture.
With vice-captain Brendon McCullum, upper-order batsman Ross Taylor, all-rounder Jacob Oram and strike bowler Kyle Mills also in the sub-continent, How admits the remainder of the New Zealand squad are now motivated to prove they are worthy of a place in the multi-million dollar tournament.
"I think everyone wishes they will be in India at some point," he said.
"It's like our coach (John Bracewell) says, our best players are over there and it is something to aim for. We're happy for the guys that are over there."
Ironically, How's opposite number on Sunday will be former New Zealand skipper Chris Cairns, with all-rounder Nathan Astle also in the MCC line-up.
With a number of notable names missing from the opening warm-up encounter, Bracewell admits his side's preparations have been hampered as the visitors bid to avenge their 2-1 home Test defeat earlier in the year.
"It's not ideal but it is the reality of the landscape we live in and it's a great opportunity," said Bracewell.
"It's the landscape of our salaries in New Zealand. For us we see it as a glass half full rather than half empty - it brings us into line with rugby (salaries)."
Bracewell will have all his IPL players returning next week, with paceman Mark Gillespie travelling home and Michael Mason staying in England.
The Black Caps head coach has recently been linked with a departure from his Test nation - the 50-year-old rumoured to be rejoining English county Gloucestershire.
"There are a lot of options out there for coaches as well as players," he said.
"I'm constantly in touch with them because I built up a lot of relationships. It's something that is not out of the question.
"I want to return to county because I really enjoyed the cricket played, the structure and the lifestyle."