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David White, CEO of New Zealand Cricket, told the Sunday Star-Times that Blackcaps could play in exhibition matches in 2013 in USA to generate interest in next year's delayed launch of CHA's US based T20 league.
Pic (Right): Neil Maxwell, CEO of CHALLC, is seen here with NZC CEO David White (March 2012 - File Photo)
"There's discussions going on but nothing's been confirmed," White told the newspaper.
Heath Mills, the executive manager of the New Zealand Cricket Players Association, told Stuff.co.nz that he was not aware of the exhibition matches and asked NZC to communicate sooner. "The powers that be need to have a discussion about the schedule and workload - sooner, rather than later. It's a big issue," Mills told the newspaper.
"Whether more games could fit into the current model, I don't know. It's already a nightmare."
The Blackcaps host England in March. April and May is IPL season and several Blackcaps players are unavailable during those months. Beginning May and June, the Blackcaps are in England for a Test and ODI series. They are expected to stay back for the ICC Champions Trophy following that and end their summer in England with two T20s against England. The Blackcaps are also scheduled to play against Bangladesh in November and there is the Champions League beginning September 16.
With USA preoccupied in July with ICC Americas U-19 and Auty, the best time for a Blackcaps visit to the US might be August or early September. Most international sides with the exception of England and Australia are likely to be available during that window.
International players will likely frown upon playing on non-turf wickets, which means that Lauderhill (FL) is potentially the venue by default.
White appeared not to be concerned about the delayed start affecting CHA's commercial prospects. "It's an opportunity, America has a large expatriate community who are interested in cricket. It's an ambitious project and there's still quite a lot of work to be done to get it off the ground," White told Sunday Star-Times.