New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has admitted being nervous and anxious about the Covid-19 risk as he prepares to head off to UAE for this year’s Indian Premier League. IPL 2020 will be played entirely in UAE because of the coronavirus situation in India.
The tournament is scheduled to start on September 19 while the final will take place on November 10. But even before the tournament could start, it was rocked by a number of positive COVID-19 cases. 13 members including two players of the Chennai Super Kings’ camp were tested positive last week.
Kane Williamson is one one of six Kiwi players set to feature in the tournament. The New Zealand star will leave for UAE on Thursday to join the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad, and ahead of his departure, he has not shied away from expressing his apprehensions. The former Sunrisers skipper hoped the measures that had been put in place would limit the impact of the outbreak.
“That’s part of the reason why they made every team stay at a different hotel,” Kane Williamson told Radio New Zealand.
“But obviously that’s bad news, you don’t want to hear anybody [has got] Covid, although I hear they are predominantly asymptomatic, so hopefully through another lockdown period they can come through and we’ll be okay.
“Obviously there’s a little bit of apprehension, certainly as you get nearer to the time… now it’s two days out you start thinking you do have to be extremely vigilant and disciplined,” he added.
The IPL will be the first outing for Kane Williamson since March. New Zealand have not played any game since March when their limited overs series in Australia was abruptly postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
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