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A second wave of New Zealand international cricketers look set to be auctioned to Indian Premier League franchises this week.

After Black Caps Daniel Vettori, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum and former captain Stephen Fleming were signed in the initial phase, seven more Kiwi players are likely to follow in their footsteps.

Batsman Ross Taylor, strike bowlers Kyle Mills and Chris Martin and spinner Jeetan Patel - whose parents hail from the Indian state of Gujarat - are likely targets.

All-rounder James Franklin, close to a return from knee surgery, may also be part of the package to boost his chances of making May's Test series in England.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan admitted his players were being approached to join the competition.

And he believes it is a calculated plan to stop the player drain to the rival Indian Cricket League tournament - which will include 10 former internationals in its second competition when it begins next week.

"Looking from afar, New Zealand appears to be the country participating the most in the ICL," he told The New Zealand Herald.

"They are trying to extinguish the ICL so it is in both of our interests. Maybe they could see a critical mass forming."
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