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IPL helps prolong our careers: Ross

- ‘T20 is a game where I am able to express myself’

New Delhi: New Zealand star Ross Taylor on Friday came out in support of IPL saying the franchisee based T20 tournament play a role in extending the careers of the cricketers at the international level.

The 30-year-old batsman, who has once again been roped in by Delhi DareDevils, also praised his country’s cricket board for not stopping the New Zealand players from playing in the IPL.

“New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has done a good job by allowing players to play in the IPL,” said Taylor after Delhi team’s practice session at the Air Force Palam ground. “NZC realised that both the board and players would have to give a little bit to keep the players playing as long as possible.

“We (New Zealand) don’t have the same depth of players like it is in some other countries… it is always good for our players to play in the IPL. It definitely helps in prolonging the careers of the cricketers,” Taylor added.

The right handed batsman, who has played 54 Test matches for New Zealand and has 11 centuries to his credit, made it clear he had a great liking for the shortest format of the sport. “T20 is a game where I am able to express myself. I also have a lot of fun here.

“I am happy with my current form… in T20 you have to bring about a change at the right time. I enjoy it very much and is surely looking forward to play my best for DareDevils,” he said.

Known for his dominating batting and for being a clean striker of the ball, Taylor said he would like to bat at No. 4 or 5 in the Delhi batting line up. “In T20, higher you bat, more time you spent out there in the middle. But number four or five would be my ideal spot.

The Delhi team would be leaving for UAE on Saturday. The Kevin Pietersen-led side would take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening encounter. Delhi had a poor season in the last edition of the IPL and finished at the bottom.

Playing in UAE, Taylor said would not be a problem as conditions there are similar to India. “We just went there in Abu Dhabi before the T20 World Cup. The practice pitches were bit worn out at that point in time…hopefully they have grown a bit of grass now,” said Taylor.