New Zealand’s allrounder Mitchell Santner is very excited for the upcoming Leagues in which he will be participating, he will be away from home for four months as he will be playing in both the leagues i.e. CPL and IPL.
Amid the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, Santner said a lot of risks is involved in flying to different continents and staying in Hotels. Even though committees will be taking all the precautionary measures. “It is an interesting one. I am going through America and I will park up in the [airport] lounge in the corner somewhere. It’s one of the risks we’ve got to think about,” Santner told stuff.co.nz. “They’ve put an extensive booklet together about what happens in each circumstance which has been good, and a bit of clarity around where we’re staying. It seems like they’ve got it under control.”
Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Glenn Phillips, Corey Anderson, Scott Kuggeleijn and Nick Kelly are the other New Zealand players set to feature only in the CPL, while Lockie Ferguson Jimmy Neesham, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan and Kane Williamson would only make the trip across the IPL.
However, Santner will be the only player from the New Zealand team who will be playing both the leagues, in CPL he will be playing for Barbados Tridents and in IPL he will be with Chennai Super Kings. Brendon McCullum will also be there in both the Leagues CPL and IPL as a head coach for both the Knight Riders Franchises- Trinbago and Kolkata.
Santner, Sodhi and McCullum have a slim window to travel between the two leagues as the CPL ends on September 10 in Trinidad and the IPL begins only nine days later, with the quarantine rules for entering bio secure bubbles in the IPL not defined yet. With IPL scheduled to end on November 8 or 10, the trio will then be expected to quarantine for two weeks once they get back to New Zealand.
“At this stage, we’ll just fly straight across [from the Caribbean],” Santner said about playing in the IPL. “I’m not sure what quarantine looks like yet [before the IPL], but there are some other big dogs like Dwayne Bravo and Brendon McCullum I can tag along with.“