Former New Zealand fast bowling Simon Dole says players on his side have always been “neglected for second-class Australians” in IPL, expressing his views after Devon Conway created a flicker with his magnificent hitting days after being unsold at the glamorous league auction.
South African-born New Zealander Conway smashed 59 balls with 99 balls and gave his team a 53-time victory over Australia in the first of five T20 Internationals in Christchurch on Monday.
But Dull thought it might not matter. “I’m not sure it matters,” Dole tweeted, referring to the blazing knock in response to a post from India that didn’t spin Ravihandran Ashwin, in which he wrote gratefully, “Devon Conway is only 4 days late, but what a knock. “
Doull, who is currently a commentator, said on the social networking site, “New Zealand players have been constantly neglected for second-rate Australians in the IPL for years. It seems that outside the IPL, big bash is the only computer considered …”
Conway, whose base price in the IPL auctions was a modest GEL 50, was not sold, as none of the franchisees showed interest in him, although he was in excellent shape for his national side and in other T20 racing matches.
Conway entered the new T20I against Australia on the back of four consecutive half-centuries – 93 not coming out, 91 not coming out, 69 and 50 (his previous Super Smash results) – and with another unbeaten inning, he became the first New Zealand player to to record five consecutive fifties in the shortest format of the game.
In another tweet, Doull wrote: “Just some context. I didn’t mention any names, so stop trolling. Since the IPL started 94 Australians with a combined 886 Crore. 31 players from NZ 212 Crore.
“Both sides have 6 first-class teams and both have internal T20 kits. That’s more about BBL time and viewing.”
While Conway may not have found participants in the IPL, his compatriots Kyle Jamieson (Rs 15 crores) and Adam Milne (Rs 3.2 crore) received beautiful auction contracts taken from Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians respectively.