If reports are to be believed, New Zealand players, who are currently featuring in the 14th edition of Indian Premier League, are likely to travel to England with the Indian team. India and New Zealand are set to lock horns in the summit clash of the World Test Championship in June. Ahead of the high profile clash, New Zealand will go one on one with England in a two-Test series starting June 2nd.
Owing to the strict COVID protocols in England, New Zealand players won’t have time to return back home and then depart for England post IPL which concludes on May 30. The most feasible option for them is to leave for England directly from India. The same was indicated by the New Zealand players’ union chief. The likes of Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson are among ten New Zealand cricketers who are representing different franchises in the IPL
“They can’t very well come home, do the two weeks isolation and then go to England, so they’re going to have to be there (India) until the round-robin finishes, or the final series,” NZ Cricket Players Association chief executive Heath Mills said when asked about the possibility.
“Then we’ve got other players who are coming home – logistically there’s not a lot of flights. It’s not easy to sort out the logistics. We’re working closely with NZ Cricket and they’re in touch with the BCCI and the ICC,” Mills was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.
New Zealand have named a 20 man squad for the England series which will be further trimmed to 15 for the final of the WTC. It must be noted that not all New Zealand cricketers who are featuring in IPL are part of the England tour thus the likes of Scott Kuggeleijn, Jimmy Neesham, Adam Milne, Finn Allen, Lockie Ferguson and Tim Seifert will head back to New Zealand post the IPL.
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