IPL 2021: New Zealand Cricketers 'Comfortable' And Happy To Keep Playing IPL Amid COVID-19, Confirms Heath Mills

IPL 2021: New Zealand Cricketers ‘Comfortable’ And Happy To Keep Playing IPL Amid COVID-19, Confirms Heath Mills

Mitchell Santner
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The Pandemic situation in India has been threatening many players but still, New Zealand cricketers have felt comfortable to be playing in the IPL despite a few leaving. Already, five cricketers have flown back to their home nation due to the countries looking to ban flights from India and there might be a situation where Australians like David Warner, Steve Smith, Maxwell could be stranded in the nation until the flights open again.

Rajasthan has been the most affected team so far with two overseas players injured while Liam Livingstone and Andrew Tye have returned to their nations. RCB has also lost the services of Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa who have flown back while Ravichandran Ashwin has returned home to stay with his family during the tough times. Indeed, it has been a very difficult situation in the country.

Kyle Jamieson from New Zealand
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Heath Mills Confirms The Situation With New Zealand Players Playing In India

New Zealand Cricket Players Association CEO Heath Mills had said that he has confirmed the situation with the New Zealand cricketers on how anxious they are and luckily, the players did not want to return to their nation at present. He added that they are happy to remain in the bubble and there will be a lot of eyes on the players from the nation’s point of view.

“I’ve spoken to some who are anxious about what’s going on, but none have said they want to come home now,” Mills said.

“As of today, they’re happy to remain there, but it’s a watching brief with what’s happening with Covid in India at the moment,” he added.

Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians
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Concerns Over The Upcoming England Test Series

The biggest concern for the New Zealand cricket board is the travel to England once the IPL is over. Due to the travel restrictions imposed, England might not allow Indian flights inside the nation which means the New Zealand players in IPL might find it difficult to reach England for the test series and the World Test Championship finals in the next month.

Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi Capitals, SunRisers Hyderabad
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There are ten New Zealand players playing in the IPL so far, and they will all be under the scanner if the Indian flights are banned to their nation.