The New Zealand contingent for the Test series to be held in England in June will leave India for the UK on May 11, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed on Thursday. Kiwi pacer Trent Boult, though, will return to New Zealand briefly to visit his family and is set to miss the start of the Test series.
Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner and physio Tommy Simsek, who were all part of IPL 2021 in India, will be placed in a mini-bubble in New Delhi till they fly to the UK. Foreign contingents, who were part of the now-suspended IPL 2021, are being sent back home as per the existing rules in various countries with regards to travellers from India.
Boult will spend a week at home with his family and train at Mt Maunganui before departing for the UK in early June. Apart from the left-arm seamer, trainer Chris Donaldson, who was with Kolkata Knight Riders, will also return to New Zealand for a brief visit to his family before joining the Test squad in England.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand-bound contingent will also depart for New Delhi tomorrow on a chartered flight. They are likely to arrive in Auckland on Saturday, where they'll have to isolate as per protocols.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White has backed the decision of Boult and Donaldson to return home for a brief period instead of flying to England with the rest of the Test squadWhite also thanked the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for accommodating the early arrival of members of the New Zealand Test contingent in India. Meanwhile, the other members of the Test squad, who are in New Zealand, will depart for England on May 16 and 17.IPL 2021 was halted indefinitely on Tuesday, as COVID-19 cases started rising in the bio-bubble.