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NEIL MANTHORP: Winning sports teams are usually the happiest, with some exceptions
Players who are allowed to chase financial gain perform well when it's required, no matter the league
The two most resurgent international teams in the world at the moment are New Zealand’s Black Caps and the West Indies. Winning teams are often the happiest — though not always — but it’s hard to miss the sincerity of the contentment in these two teams. In the case of the Caribbean, it’s remarkable, given the decade of discontent and acrimony which preceded it. New Zealand boasts about one tenth the number of registered cricketers as the city of Mumbai and yet no less than 11 of their best have been signed to play in the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL). New Zealand Cricket not only waved them off with a smile, they organised their international fixture list to ensure that, not only were they available for every game, they had at least a weekend to spend with their families and loved ones before they left. It’s been like that for a couple of years now. And that’s not all. The IPL final is scheduled for May 12 and the Black Caps are not scheduled to meet up again until they leave Auc...