ICC WTC Final, India vs New Zealand: New Zealand Cricket on Thursday announced travel arrangements for players and support staff to reach the United Kingdom in time for the World Test Championship final against England and their series against England. While the majority of the BlackCaps have returned home, the IPL quartet has stayed back in New Delhi. The NZ cricket board has made a special arrangement for them in India.
ICC WTC Final: New Zealand creates mini bio-bubble
The bulk of New Zealand’s IPL-based Test contingent will depart India for the United Kingdom on 11 May – the earliest date an exemption for their arrival in England could be obtained. Captain Kane Williamson, fast bowler Kyle Jamieson and spinner Mitchell Santner, as well as physio Tommy Simsek, will remain in a secure mini-bubble in New Delhi before departing for the UK, ahead of preparations for the Test series against England, and the WTC final against India.
ICC WTC Final: Trent Boult will miss England series, Join the team directly for World Test Championships
Pacer Trent Boult and Black Caps trainer Chris Donaldson will return home briefly to see their families before reconnecting with the Test squad in early June. Boult will consequentially miss the first Test against England but will possibly be available for the second Test, and certainly the ICC WTC final.
Along with the remainder of New Zealand’s IPL players, support staff and commentators, Boult is scheduled to depart New Delhi on Friday on one of two charter flights, arriving in Auckland on Saturday before undergoing managed isolation.
All going as planned, Boult will leave managed isolation and quarantine on 22 May and will spend a week at home with his family, training at Mount Maunganui before departing for the UK in early June.
NZC Chief Executive David White said Boult and Donaldson return home for the three-week period with the blessing of NZC and Black Caps management.
“We’re completely supportive of Chris and Trent taking the opportunity to see their families before heading to the UK,” White said. “They’ve always been the consummate professionals and we’re more than happy to accommodate these arrangements.”
“We’ve worked closely with the BCCI and the IPL franchises on the various departure strategies and we’re very appreciative of their support during what is, clearly, a very challenging time.
“Were also very grateful to the England and Wales Cricket Board for accommodating the early arrival of the four members of the Test squad currently in India.”
The New Zealand-based Test squad members will depart for England on 16 and 17 May.