Wellington: Six former New Zealand cricket representatives who took part in a rebel Indian league this month have effectively been barred from a return to national selection.
Without making a direct order, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has strongly suggested its selectors never again consider Chris Cairns, Nathan Astle, Craig McMillan, Daryl Tuffey, Chris Harris and Hamish Marshall.
Chief executive Justin Vaughan said Sunday NZC did not support the rebel Twenty20 league and would prefer New Zealanders who played in the series did not represent their country.
"I don't think we can say that they're ineligible for selection. We'd prefer to say that the selectors will be encouraged to consider other players," Vaughan said.
"There's an understanding that we don't support the ICL (Indian Cricket League) and that we don't want to give them unnecessary traction."
Of the six, Tuffey and the evergreen Harris are the only players still playing domestic cricket in New Zealand and only Tuffy realistically had a chance of making the New Zealand team.
Cairns, Astle and McMillan have retired over the past two seasons while Marshall abandoned his NZC contract this year to play English county cricket on a full-time basis.