A potential clash with the Indian Premier League is looming for a number of top Kiwi cricketers next year, with the scheduling of the Black Caps' two-test tour to England.
The English Cricket Board has released the schedule for the tour, which will open at Lords in London on May 16, with the second test, to be played at Headingley in Leeds, starting May 24.
With the 2013 IPL final already tentatively scheduled for May 26, the clash of dates may potentially see some of New Zealand's top players missing the beginning of the tour.
Two years ago New Zealand Cricket agreed a clear window for those with franchises to play in the event, a tacit acknowledgement that it could not deny Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori and the like the opportunity to take advantage of the big sums on offer in the Indian Premier League.
Even before the arrangement, when New Zealand toured England in 2008, five players missed the opening week of the trip while they played in India.
Since then visits to England by Sri Lanka and this season West Indies, have been affected by the IPL calendar.
New Zealand will play three one-day internationals on the tour, at Lords, the Ageas Bowl in Hampshire and at Trent Bridge in Nottinghamshire, between May 31 and June 5.
The Black Caps will stay on in the United Kingdom for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, played between June 6 and 23, before playing two Twenty20 internationals at The Oval, in London, late in the month.
- Sunday Star Times