New Zealand cricketers in the Indian Premier League (IPL), who will play in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) against India, may stay behind and fly to England from here. New Zealand play a series of two tests against England, starting on June 2, followed by the WTC final on June 18.
“We have players going to England for this series of tests; they can’t go home very well, do the two-week isolation and then go to England, so they’ll have to be there until the tour is over, or the last series, “Heath Mills, executive director of the Players’ Association. cricket of New Zealand was quoted by stuff.co.nz.
Mills said he has kept in touch with New Zealand players and members of the coaching staff.
“Although they are worried, they are fine. No one has yet indicated that he wants to go home,” he said.
There are 10 NZ players in the league and seven others who are part of the coaching staff.
Mills said returning to New Zealand would be difficult at the moment and although players are worried, they are safe in the bio-balloon in India.
“Then we have other players coming home – logistically there are not many flights.
“It’s not easy to arrange the logistics. We work closely with NZ Cricket and they are in touch with BCCI and ICC.
“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,” he added.
Mills also said they have full confidence in the BCCI to deal with the issues.
“We just have to wait and see what happens with the tournament, it’s an internal Indian event run by the BCCI, we have to trust them to make the right decisions,” he said.
New Zealanders in IPL:
Players: Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Trent Bult, Jimmy Nisham, Adam Milne (Mumbai Indians), Kyle Jamieson, Finn Allen, Scott Challengers (Bangalore), Mitchell Santner (Chennai Super Kings), Loki Ferguson, Tim Seifert (Kolkata Knight Riders).
Staff: 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).