Apr 152014

Published: 7:18AM Wednesday April 16, 2014 Source: Fairfax

Corey Anderson will require clearance from New Zealand Cricket’s medical staff before making his Indian Premier League debut.

The $866,000 allrounder is preparing with his Mumbai Indians team in Abu Dhabi, ahead of tomorrow’s tournament opener but won’t play until NZC is satisfied he’s over the dislocated little finger suffered at the World Twenty20 on April 1.

”They [Mumbai] have got to assess him on a daily basis but it’s more a four-week injury when it could have been an eight-week injury. They’re in communication with our medical team and when he shows he’s fully fit he will be selected,” New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said.

Hesson will be keeping a close eye on the subcontinent in the next six weeks as his West Indies Test squad members Anderson, Brendon McCullum (Chennai), Ross Taylor, Jimmy Neesham (both Delhi) and Tim Southee (Rajasthan) turn out in the IPL which begins in Abu Dhabi and Dubai before returning to India in May after the country’s general elections.

New Zealand’s IPL players will be late arrivals in the Caribbean and are allowed to remain in India till their team is eliminated.

The IPL round robin finishes on May 26 and the final is on June 2, with the first test against the West Indies starting in Kingston, Jamaica on June 9.

”They will be available for our last warmup match [a three-dayer from June 3-5]. They’ll be playing a lot of spin over there [in India], whether it be in the nets, they’ll be well prepared. It actually flows quite nicely into the tour,” Hesson said.

The sixth New Zealander, Canterbury paceman Matt Henry, joins McCullum at the Stephen Fleming-coached Chennai but is still recovering from a side strain that sidelined him since his impressive ODI debut against India on January 31.

Bookmakers have the New Zealand coached sides; Chennai, Mumbai (John Wright) and Bangalore (Daniel Vettori) as the three most favoured.

Mumbai are defending champions, after beating Chennai in last year’s final. Fleming admitted there were ”a lot of distractions” as his team assembled.

The franchise has been on shaky ground ever since one of its officials, Gurunath Meiyappan, who is also the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan – the vice-chairman and managing director of India Cements, the company that owns Super Kings – was arrested on charges of cheating, forgery and fraud two days before the IPL 2013 final, amid the spot-fixing crisis.

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