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IPL 2021: New Zealand cricketers to stay in India despite COVID-19 surge

By Bet Barter

April 27, 2021

The New Zealand Players Association chief Heath Mills assured that none of the cricketers from NZ has the desire to return home. Several cricketers have pulled out from the IPL 2021, citing personal reasons as positive coronavirus cases continue to rise in India. But New Zealand cricketers are satisfied with the safety protocols in the IPL 2021 bio bubble. 

Ravichandran Ashwin (Delhi Capitals), Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals), Liam Livingstone (Rajasthan Royals), Kane Richardson (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Adam Zampa (Royal Challengers Bangalore) are some of the players who have opted out of the IPL mid-way. 

Cricket Australia claimed that they are abiding by the rules and regulations set by the government. In the meantime, Australian pacer Pat Cummins has donated $50,000 to the Prime Minister's (PM) Relief Fund for oxygen supplies in India. 

None of the NZ cricketers expressed their desire to return: Heath Mills

Unlike previous years, IPL 2021 is being played at six selected venues. None of the teams has the advantage of playing the matches on their home ground. All the IPL teams will play at a neutral venue. As travelling from one city to another is difficult, none of the NZ cricketers has expressed their desire to return home midway through the competition.

New Zealand is also set to tour England in May. With the IPL concluding on May 30, the players who are part of the teams qualifying for playoffs will automatically be ruled out of the first Test at Lord's. The Kiwis will be touring England for a two-match Test series in June. It will then be followed by ICC World Test Championship final against India. 

New Zealand is also likely to miss some of their Test specialists who are also currently involved in the IPL. Boult, Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson, and Jimmy Neesham are plying their trade in the 2021 IPL season with different franchises. The first Test game between England and New Zealand kicks off on June 2. The second match will begin from June 10 to 14. Also, the forthcoming Test series between England and New Zealand is not part of the ICC World Test Championship. This Test series will be followed by the most awaited final of the World Test Championship between NZ and India. The final clash of the World Test Championship is going to take place on June 18 2021, at Southampton.

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