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New Zealand Cricketers who are playing in IPL 2021 may travel to England along with Indian cricketers for the World Test Championship final which will be held in June.

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Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Mitchell Santner are among the ten New Zealand players who are playing the IPL. New Zealand announced the squad for the two-Test series to be held in England from June 2.

A 15-man squad will be selected after England series for the World Test Championship final against India. Heath Mills, chief executive of the New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association, said,

“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.”

“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, he added.

No one has indicated returning back to home

Heath Mills also mentioned about the current situation in India and also cleared that none of the New Zealand players playing in IPL has indicated returning back to New Zealand. He said,

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“There’s no doubt they’re certainly anxious about what is happening in India and what they’re witnessing. Whilst they’re anxious, they’re ok. No one has indicated yet that they want to go home.”

Mills also said that the players are feeling safe in the IPL bio bubble. But he also said that there is still a risk. He said,

“There’s four teams in a hotel and the hotel is locked down. The challenge is when they transfer from city to city, then they need to put on the PPE gear and that’s when they’re probably most at risk.

“The players are in the safest place in India, in the team bubbles, which is the most important thing from my perspective.”


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