It is very surprising that the New Zealand cricketers are not looking to return home despite two KKR players and three support staff of CSK testing positive for Covid-19. The match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders were cancelled yesterday due to two players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrior testing positive and the Delhi side has been sent into isolation.
Also, three support staff members of CSK have tested positive including the bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and there has been panic over the state of the bio bubble now. There is a total of 10 New Zealand cricketers involved in the IPL teams and 6 New Zealand coaches are also involved.
New Zealand Cricket Association Continues To Monitor The Situation
New Zealand Cricket Association CEO, Heath Mills said that no player has so far looking to return to their country and they have been continuously monitoring the situation in the IPL. He added that the scenario might be different after players testing positive inside the bio-bubble. At the moment, it seems like New Zealand players would prefer to stay in the IPL rather than returning back.
“None have requested they come home yet but we’re continuing to monitor developments.”
“Clearly the circumstances they find themselves in have changed a bit with some local players and support staff getting Covid in the bubble yesterday,” said Heath Mills in a statement.
Kane Williamson Takes Over As Captain Of Sunrisers
The New Zealand captain has taken over the responsibility of leading the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s team after the sacking of David Warner from the role.
Warner who has been a standout player in the IPL for the Sunrisers in the last three years failed to get the team to more wins this season and the injuries have hurt the franchise a lot. He was dropped in the previous game to accommodate an overseas all-rounder in the team which comes as a big surprise.
Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Kane Williamson, are important players for their franchise, and leaving the IPL may certainly backfire the plans of these franchises.