IPL 2021: New Zealand coach Gary Stead opens up on Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Tim Seifert’s condition- New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert is being treated for COVID-19 in India after testing positive last week. After the suspension of IPL 2021, the KKR batsman was not able to fly back home with his fellow New Zealand mates. New Zealand coach Gary Stead has expressed that Tim Seifert is in a much better space now.
“He’s in that difficult situation of being over there and sort of isolated a little bit as well. Obviously, it was distressing early on to get that news but I think he’s in a much better space now that there is a plan around him,” Steady told stuff.co.nz.
Stead said that he is in contact with Tim on messages.
Stead is confident that Tim Seifert will be able to come out of the Covid-19 battle stronger. The KKR batsman is in quarantine in India after contracting the virus even.
With mild symptoms of COVID-19 Seifert was tested positive in two pre-departure RT-PCR tests. The batsman was in isolation in Ahmedabad and was supposed to be moved to Chennai for treatment at a private hospital.
New Zealand’s Test specialists, including captain Kane Williamson, headed to the Maldives from where they will be going to England to take part in a 2-Test series and the World Test Championship final in June.
Trent Boult returns home
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult took the decision to return home after the IPL 2021 instead of going with the Test specialists to the Maldives. Stead also said New Zealand respect Trent Boult’s. Stead also expressed that Boult might not able to join the team before the second Test against England.
“I think everyone has got their reasons around it. India changed very, very quickly, I think 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. We respect that decision like we respect the other guys’ decision to go elsewhere,” Stead said.
Then Blackcaps will take on England in Two Test match series starting from June 2 in London. The second game of the series will be played at Birmingham from June 10. The final of the World Test Championship will also be played in England between India and New Zealand.