All the New Zealand players taking part in IPL 2021, who are currently in the Maldives, will head to the UK this weekend, confirmed New Zealand coach Gary Stead. Four members of the Black Caps, namely Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and physio Tommy Simsek, who are part of New Zealand’s squad for England Tests, will Board the flight for the UK next week.
After the IPL was called off, the Black Caps players who were bound to play the England Test, departed to Maldives.
Stead also pointed out that it remains unclear whether the UK authorities would make the New Zealand players undergo a quarantine period.
“I don’t know all the details right now. My understanding is that they are looking to leave (Maldives) somewhere around the time that we leave – May 15, 16 or 17- in that time frame. My understanding is that the England board is still working through the final details of what it means to come through the Maldives as supposed to New Zealand.”
All four members of New Zealand Cricket went to the Maldives after the postponement of IPL 2021. The quartet was told to quarantine for three-four days but was later extended by a week.
“They can still work on their fitness. So I don’t see it as a bad thing. It’s an adapting world and I think that’s just something we’ve got to keep doing,” Stead said.
Meanwhile, Trent Boult, who was also part of the squad, decided to return home and thus he would be missing the first Test against England.
“Everyone has got their reasons around it,” Stead said. “India changed very, very quickly, over the space of two or three days, and there were options put in front of the guys and he (Boult) felt for him and his mental health, the best thing he could do was get home for a while.”