New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori has expressed his disappointment over the Indian Premier League’s relocation to South Africa from India.
“It’s disappointing it’s not in India. The guys love going over there,” NZPA quoted Vettori, as saying.
However, he expressed relief about the playing schedule being put back a week instead of the original start date of April 10 because he, McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Kyle Mills would have had little recovery time after the current series against India ends in Wellington on April 7.
“Delaying the tournament is the best thing for us otherwise most guys would have hopped on a plane after the last day of the Test match and that can be quite tough on you,” he said.
“Now that it’s concrete I think everyone’s settled and pretty happy,” he added.
Jacob Oram, who is currently concentrating on domestic cricket, former international Scott Styris and Stephen Fleming, who will coach the Chennai franchise, are also contracted to the IPL.
Vettori is unsure how the IPL will be received in South Africa and acknowledges crowds may be down in number compared to India.
“One of the most exciting bits about the tournament was you got to play in front of 50-60,000 people who were tremendously excited about the game. We probably won’t have those sorts of crowds. It will take a little bit away from it but the important thing is the games are being played,” said Vettori.