As the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is coming to an end, West Indies will continue their international cricket by visiting New Zealand in November. It is the first series for the Kiwis after cricket resumed during the pandemic period.
Some of the West Indian players are, as of now, in New Zealand and have begun their 14-day quarantine period last Friday. A few others are playing in the IPL in the UAE. The IPL 2020 will finish up on November 10, and after resting for a couple of days, the other West Indies players will fly to New Zealand directly.
7 players are currently participating in the IPL and will next be part of the New Zealand tour. The players include the skipper of the West Indies T20 team, Kieron Pollard, Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Oshane Thomas, and Jason Holder, skipper of the West Indies Test team.
Phil Simmons, the coach of the West Indies team, feels that it would be hard for players to be at their best playing a game immediately after going through 14 days quarantine period. But, the positive side which Simmons observes is that the players are returning to play international series after playing high-level cricket in the IPL.
According to a report on BBC.com, Coach Phil Simmons said, “It’s a bit difficult. The main T20 guys are in isolation until the morning of the first game. The plus is that they will be coming from a high-quality tournament so they will be sharp.”
West Indies were the first team to tour any nation during the pandemic
West Indies will visit New Zealand for 3 T20Is and 2 Tests. The first T20I will start on November 27 in Auckland, and the teams will play the next two T20Is in Mount Maunganui. The Test arrangement will start on December 3 in Hamilton followed by another Test match in Wellington.
West Indies team led by Jason Holder was the first side to visit any nation during the pandemic period. They visited England in July for a 3-match Test arrangement. England lost the first Test match of the series, however, bounced back smoothly and won the series 2-1.