New Zealand cricketers up to date IPL may travel with the Indian players to the final of the World Test Cup in June, as they cannot return home and then leave for England due to strict quarantine protocols, said the head of the country’s unions.
He likes the captain Kane Williamson,, Trent Bult, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner are among the 10 New Zealand players in the various IPL franchises. New Zealand has selected a 20-member team for the match series in England, starting on June 2, and the team will be reduced to 15 for the WTC final against India, starting on June 18 in Southampton
“… they can’t go home very well, do the two-week isolation and then go to England, so they will have to be there (India) until the tour or the last series is over,” Asked about the possibility of the executive director of the NZ Cricket Players Association Heath Mills said. Then we have other players coming home – logistically there are not many flights. It is not easy to arrange the logistics. “We work closely with NZ Cricket and they are in touch with BCCI and ICC,” Mills was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.
Not all 10 players in the IPL are on the New Zealand team traveling to England. Scott Kugelain, Jimmy Niysham, Adam Milne, Finn Allen, Loki Ferguson and Tim Seifert are not in the team.
Mills said New Zealand Cricket has been in close contact with players, their respective IPL teams, BCCI, ICC, as well as the English and Welsh Cricket Council.
He said New Zealand’s IPL players were certainly worried after the ban on flights from India following the unprecedented jump in the COVID-19 case, but no one had expressed a desire to return home. The flight ban, which began on April 11, ends on Wednesday at midnight.
“There is no doubt that they are certainly concerned about what is happening in India and what they are witnessing,” Mills said.
“Although they’re worried, they’re fine. No one has indicated yet that they want to go home.”
Mills said players feel well-watched by their IPL franchises and are safe in their bio-bubbles.
“There are four teams in the hotel and the hotel is locked. The challenge is when they move from city to city, then they have to put on the PPE equipment and that’s when they are most at risk.
“The players are in the safest place in India, in the team’s balloons, which is the most important thing from my point of view.”
There are seven support staff members from New Zealand in various IPL franchises.
These are Stephen Fleming (CSK head coach), Brendan McCallum (KKR head coach), Mike Hesson (RCB cricket director), Shane Bond (MI bowling coach), James Pamment (MI field coach), Kyle Mills (bowling coach at KKR), Chris Donaldson (KKR strength and fitness). PTI PDS PM