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Grant Elliott gets green signal for Pakistan Super League

Grant Elliott gets green signal for Pakistan Super League
Grant Elliott has got the clearance from the New Zealand Cricket board to participate in the Pakistan Super League.
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New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has cleared the way for Grant Elliott to participate in the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League which begins in February 2016 in the United Arab Emirates.

The organisers of the PSL had earlier confirmed the availability of Elliott, Jesse Ryder and James Franklin as the three New Zealanders who will take part in the tournament which will be held from 4th to 24th February.

The dates of the PSL will be clashing with New Zealand’s One-Day Internationals against Australia, which will be played on 3rd, 6th and 8th of February, but Elliott confirmed that he will honour his national commitments first.

Head of cricket for NZC, Lindsay Crocker, revealed that Elliott’s participation in the PSL augurs well for New Zealand should he be selected for the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup. 

"Grant has been approached through his agent to sound out his availability but he hasn't sought a release in order to be signed.

"Our priority of course (in February) is the Chappell-Hadlee series, then the test matches which Grant clearly won't be involved in.

"In theory he would be available beyond the Chappell-Hadlee part, and we'd be supportive of that.

"It sits nicely with our programme and gives him some good quality cricket should he be required for the World T20 (in India in March)."

While Ryder will need a formal no-objection letter from the NZC, Franklin is free to take part in the PSL as he is now a free agent.

The PSL has also confirmed the participation of West Indians Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine, England's Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Luke Wright, Tim Bresnan, Jade Dernbach and Chris Jordan, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews.

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