IPL 2021: SRH’s Kane Williamson doesn’t prefer missing Test against England for IPL 2021: New Zealand Cricket recently confirmed that it will allow its cricketers to participate in the IPL 2021 for as long as they need to, even if it means that some of them miss the end of the New Zealand home season and the first Test of the tour of England, at Lord’s. However, the Black Caps skipper and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) star Kane Williamson has admitted that potentially missing the Test matches against England in early June for completing the IPL 2021 is not his preferred option.
Notably, IPL 2021 is likely to spill over into the first week of June and the two Tests at Lord’s and Edgbaston will commence on June 2. So, given the quarantine requirements in place, few major all-format players of New Zealand, like captain Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, might fail to join the team in time if their teams make the IPL 2021 playoffs.
“It’s certainly not the preferred thing,” Williamson said of the situation. “I know when plans were put in place that wasn’t the idea then, but as we’ve seen, you can make plans in this day in age and very rarely do they go to plan.
“For us it’s being able to adapt as quickly as possible, we still have to wait and see when dates are finalised to truly know what is happening before any decision is made but the ideal scenario is to be available and around for all that cricket. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Meanwhile, speaking to Stuff.co.nz on the same matter, NZC chief executive David White said, “NZC will take a pragmatic approach as these fixtures are a late addition to the schedule. We will work through the decision in conjunction with the players.”
Notably, the situation won’t be any different from England, whose leading multi-format cricketers, including Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler, might all miss that two-Test series.
It is worth mentioning that the two-match Test series between England and New Zealand is not part of the World Test Championship. They do, however, provide Williamson’s side with an opportunity to tune-up for the tournament’s final starting on June 18 which they’ve already qualified for.