New Zealand’s test players who are now in India for IPL that has been suspended indefinitely, will be leaving for the United Kingdom on April 11 for playing two-match test series against England.
Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner, and physio Tommy Simsek will remain in a mini-bubble in New Delhi before leaving for the United Kingdom, ahead of preparations for the Test series against England, and the WTC final against India.
And rest of the New Zealand contingent will be heading to their home on Friday.
On Thursday, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White said in a statement, “We’ve worked closely with the BCCI and the IPL franchises on the various departure strategies and we’re very appreciative of their support during what is, clearly, a very challenging time.”
“We are also very grateful to the England and Wales Cricket Board for accommodating the early arrival of the four members of the Test squad currently in India,” he added.
Other New Zealand-based Test squad members will be leaving for England on May 16 and 17.
The New Zealand Cricket stated, “Along with the balance of the New Zealand-bound IPL players, support staff and commentators, Boult is scheduled to depart New Delhi tomorrow on one of two charter flights, arriving in Auckland on Saturday before undergoing managed isolation.”
“Boult will leave MIQ (Managed Isolation and Quarantine) on May 22 and will spend a week at home with his family, training at Mt Maunganui before departing for the UK in early June,” NZC added.
White said IPL players, support staff, and commentators returning to New Zealand will have to follow all the regulatory protocols, including pre-departure COVID-19 tests.
Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills, Shane Bond, Mike Hesson, Tim Seifert, Adam Milne, Scott Kuggeleijn, and James Pamment are returning to their home from India.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended on May 4 after players and some supporting staff tested positive for the coronavirus. More than 300,000 new cases per day have been recorded and the Indian health service is under the severe strain of coronavirus.