“They (Mumbai) have got to assess him on a daily basis but it's more a four-week injury when it could have been an eight-week injury. They're in communication with our medical team and when he shows he's fully fit he will be selected," New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said.

Hesson will be keeping a close eye on the subcontinent in the next six weeks as the IPL begins in Abu Dhabi and Dubai before returning to India in May after the general elections.

New Zealand's IPL players will be late arrivals in the Caribbean and are allowed to remain in India till their team is eliminated.

Mumbai are defending champions, after beating Chennai in last year's final. The first match is between defending champions Mumbai Indians, captained by Rohit Sharma, and Gautam Gambhir-led Kolkata Knight Riders, winners of the 2012 edition.

(Agencies)

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