New Zealand pace bowler Trent Boult who was playing for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 will return back to his country after suspension of the tournament. He’ll undergo a strict 14-day quarantine and will meet his family later.
Boult will depart from New Delhi on Friday on a charter flight with Kolkata Knight Riders trainer from New Zealand, Chris Donaldson. He could miss the two-match test series against England due to his home visit but he’ll surely play in the World Test Championship Final against India which is in June 2021.
An NZC statement mentioned that the Kiwi bowler “would certainly be back for the WTC championship in England”. His quarantine would end on 22nd May and he’ll spend a week with his family before going to England to join the test squad. He’ll surely miss the first test on 2nd June and is likely to miss the second test because of quarantine requirements.
New Zealand Cricket chief David White said, “We’re completely supportive of Chris and Trent taking the opportunity to see their families before heading to the UK, they’ve always been the consummate professionals and we’re more than happy to accommodate these arrangements.”
New Zealand test squad players who had their first of two training camps in Christchurch will leave for England on May 16 and 17. The Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson along with other players who were playing in IPL 2021 this season will travel to England on May 11 from India.
New Zealand Cricket’s spokesperson also said, “We haven’t got the finer details of that sorted yet. We’re working now with the ECB (English cricket board) and BCCI to arrange flights to get them over to England.”
Union boss of the New Zealand Cricket team also addressed that cricketers were “pretty anxious and pretty keen to come home”.