New Zealand reach IPL compromise
New Zealand will let five players, including skipper Daniel Vettori, miss the start of their summer tour so they can play in the Indian Premier League.
Vettori, vice-captain Brendon McCullum, Jacob Oram, Ross Taylor and Kyle Mills will join the squad on 1 May - 14 days before the first Test against England.
That means the group will be excused from the tour match against Kent at the start of the three-Test trip.
NZ Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan says it is a "fair decision".
He told the Black Caps website: "I have reached a decision which I believe is fair and is also consistent with the best cricketing outcome.
"When the itinerary for the England tour was put in place, it was not envisaged that a number of our players would be playing quality cricket in India.
"For players that are playing a high standard of international cricket, two weeks is a good level of preparation."
"The 1 May deadline date will give the players time to acclimatise to playing in English conditions - because they will be available for two first-class matches, prior to the Test series beginning.
"The England and Wales Cricket Board have also been consulted and are happy with the decision."
With lucrative contracts being offered in the IPL, it is difficult for nations to compete for players' services and clearly a compromise must be reached.
Effectively, NZ Cricket's decision is an admission that the power has shifted and Vaughan appears eager to develop a good understanding and relationship with the IPL.
He added: "The IPL has the ability to retain players in the international game and has our full support.
"The global cricket landscape is changing rapidly, and we must be flexible enough to change with it - while protecting the integrity of the international game.
"I am very happy with the attitude shown by the affected players. They have shown loyalty and commitment to the Black Caps and were willing to abide by whatever decision NZC reached."