BAN vs NZ: New Zealand plunging into a Level 4 hard lockdown has created complications for Tom Latham & Co’s Bangladesh and Pakistan tours. The Kiwis were all set to leave for Bangladesh on August 26 for a 5-match T20I series against Bangladesh. However, NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s snap lockdown announcement following 1 Delta variant case of Covid has put the tour in doubt.
During the 7-day lockdown restrictions, people are barred from stepping out of their home apart from essential services while travel is severely limited. With many cricketers living in different parts of the country, severely limited travel means they will not be able to travel to Auckland for the flight to Bangladesh on August 26, the last day of the lockdown. It has forced Cricket New Zealand to redraw plans for the tour.
BAN vs NZ: NZC’s Public Affairs manager Richard Brooks told Stuff that the board is in talks with the government to arrange players’ transportation to Auckland. “We still have some matters to work through, but we’re confident we’ll be able to arrange for the players to depart as scheduled,” Richard Brooks said.
He added that players will follow COVID-19 protocols in the country including mask-wearing, social distancing besides operating within bio-bubbles. Furthermore, all the players will be vaccinated before travelling to Bangladesh. Once Tom Latham & Co reach Bangladesh, they will move to Pakistan in a charter flight.
BAN vs NZ: “Regarding Covid-19, our players will be vaccinated and adhering to best-practice health protocols, including mask-wearing, social distancing and operating within bio-secure bubbles. Once in Bangladesh, they will be flying into, and out of Pakistan on charter flights,” Brooks said.
NZC has opted to rest the IPL 2021 bound players ahead of the World Cup. That means the likes of Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson will not be part of the Bangladesh and Pakistan tour. Tim Southee and Devon Conway who have been linked with IPL 2021, will also not be part of the two tours. Instead, they will join their respective franchises in Dubai ahead of IPL 2021 that will resume on September 19.
New Zealand players in IPL: Kane Williamson (SRH), Adam Milne (MI), Trent Boult (MI), Mitchell Santner (CSK), Lockie Ferguson (KKR), Tim Seifert (KKR), Kyle Jamieson (RCB). Potential: Tim Southee and Devon Conway
New Zealand squad for Bangladesh T20s & Pakistan ODIs
Tom Latham (c) (wk), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry (ODI only), Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears (T20 only), Blair Tickner, Will Young
New Zealand squad for Pakistan T20s
Tom Latham (c) (wk), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Ben Sears, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young
BAN vs NZ: Bangladesh vs New Zealand T20 series:
Sep 01: 1st T20I, Dhaka
Sep 03: 2nd T20I, Dhaka
Sep 05: 3rd T20I, Dhaka
Sep 08: 4th T20I, Dhaka
Sep 10: 5th T20I, Dhaka
Pakistan vs New Zealand ODI series:
Sep 17: 1st ODI, Rawalpindi
Sep 19: 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi
Sep 21: 3rd ODI, Rawalpindi
Pakistan vs New Zealand T20 series:
Sep 25: 1st T20I, Lahore
Sep 26: 2nd T20I, Lahore
Sep 29: 3rd T20I, Lahore
Oct 01: 4th T20I, Lahore
Oct 03: 5th T20I, Lahore