Under normal circumstances, the arrival of a team of world champions, especially the one who lifted the trophy for the first time, will require a parade and public congratulations. But not for New Zealand in the current circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Kiwis, who beat India eight times in the World Cup final this week, will go straight into a 14-day quarantine on arrival home via Singapore.
Separately, four members of the player XI – skipper Kane Williamson, pacer Kyle Jamieson, opener Devon Conway and Universal Colin de Grand – will stay in England to play T20 Blast. The remaining 11 squad members and eight support staff will arrive in New Zealand on Saturday morning.
“We haven’t finalized it yet, but we will certainly try to bring them together in some form to celebrate them. I don’t think there will be a parade,” Cricket White CEO New Zealand told the media.
“The current environment is challenging, but it would be great to bring everyone together if we could celebrate with our trading partners and our wider cricket family,” White added.
This may not happen soon or it may happen in practice, as Williamson will not have it.
In the absence of Williamson, senior bowling Tim Southy carried the WTC’s mace in the field, which took its place.
“It’s a great achievement, one of our great days. I’m extremely proud of the team and the whole organization,” White said.
The squad is due to land in Auckland shortly before 9.30am on Saturday and enter managed isolation before reuniting with families.