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New Zealand will play three warm-up games against Netherlands, Australia and England, before they run into Pakistan in the main tournament on 26 October. Stead indicated that the players who haven’t had enough game-time in the IPL will be given a chance to work their way back into rhythm.
Left-arm spin-bowling allrounder Mitchell Santner, who is part of the Chennai Super Kings squad, is the only New Zealander who hasn’t played a single game this IPL. As for Kyle Jamieson, he doesn’t have much game-time under his belt, having not featured in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s last five games in the UAE leg.
“I think the guys that haven’t played - we will be looking to give them as much game-time as we can,” Stead said. “We’ve obviously got Netherlands on the 16th, Australia the 18th and England on the 20th. The other guys will come in and join us after the IPL stages, so we’ll just see who has been playing and who hasn’t in that time. Kyle will join up in the next couple of days and he will want a bit of matchtime and I believe Mitchell Santner will want some matchtime as well.” (Agencies)