IPL 2021: Kiwi players reach home safely via Tokyo on a private flight

IPL 2021: Coach and former express paceman Shane Bond arrives back in Auckland. (Source: RICKY WILSON/STUFF)
IPL 2021: Coach and former express paceman Shane Bond arrives back in Auckland. (Source: RICKY WILSON/STUFF)

IPL 2021: Some Kiwi cricketers and coaches who left India after the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended due to a surge in Covid-19 cases landed in Auckland aboard a private flight on Saturday. The players travelled on a Bombardier Global Express private jet via Tokyo and reached Auckland Airport at 8pm, reported Stuff.co.uk. The group has gone into isolation, while the second chartered flight carrying the second batch of New Zealand cricketers left on Saturday night.

The first flight carried Trent Boult, Finn Allen, Jimmy Neesham, Adam Milne and Scott Kuggeleijn along with coaches Shane Bone and James Pamment. Royal Challengers Bangalore director of cricketing operations Mike Hesson was also aboard the first flight.

IPL 2021: Bowler Trent Boult stares down the camera shortly after landing.
IPL 2021: Bowler Trent Boult stares down the camera shortly after landing. (Source: DAVID WHITE/STUFF)

Meanwhile, Lockie Ferguson, Brendon McCullum, commentators Simon Doull and Scott Styris, coaches Stephen Fleming and Kyle Mills and umpire Chris Gaffaney are expected to reach on Sunday, the report added.

IPL 2012: Kane Williamson and Co transferred to Maldives

New Zealand’s UK-bound Test contingent, Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson and physio Tommy Simsek have been transferred to the Maldives. The quarter was originally planned to stay in New Delhi ahead of travelling to England.

IPL 2021: One of the cricketers walks onto the tarmac to a waiting bus.
IPL 2021: One of the cricketers walks onto the tarmac to a waiting bus. (Source: RICKY WILSON/STUFF)

The decision to transfer the players to the Maldives came in the light of advice that their entry into the UK, was likely to be delayed a week further.

IPL 2021: Boult to join the BlackCaps directly for World Test Championships

Fast bowler Trent Boult will miss the Test series against England and reconnect with the World Test Championships squad in June.

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“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.”

IPL 2021: Players descend onto the tarmac to a waiting bus, which took them to the international terminal. They will spend 14 days in managed isolation.
IPL 2021: Players descend onto the tarmac to a waiting bus, which took them to the international terminal. They will spend 14 days in managed isolation. (Source: RICKY WILSON/STUFF)

If all goes 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

The New Zealand-based Test squad members will depart for England on 16 and 17 May.

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