New Zealand head coach Gary Stead has revealed New Zealand players who played in the IPL 2021 will leave for England from Maldives this weekend to participate in the World Test Championship Final.
The Indian Premier League 2021 was suspended after coronavirus breached into the bio-bubble. Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner were transferred to Maldives after leaving New Delhi’s bio-bubble. New Zealand Physio Tommy Simserk and Trainer Chris Donaldson will join their players, who all may leave for England from Maldives this weekend.
Gary Stead mentioned he was unsure whether his team will have to undergo quarantine in England after coming from Maldives.
“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 opposed to New Zealand,” Stead was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“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,” he added.
Trent Boult left for home and will spend some time at home before leaving for England. Stead believes it was best for Boult and his mental health to go home.
“Everyone has got their reasons around it. 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,” said Stead.
“He is a professional, he has been there in the international circuit for a long time now. He will be ready. We are working through what build-up looks like to him and his readiness for the World Test Championship final when he comes back to us,” he added