Boult to return home as NZ players begin IPL exit
Trent Boult will be coming back to New Zealand to see his family while other Test players will travel to the UK from New Delhi.
The UK-bound Test players will leave India on May 11. The contingent includes skipper Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner and physio Tommy Simsek.
The home-bound players will fly on Friday (May 7). New Zealand’s premier fast bowler Trent Boult and trainer Chris Donaldson, who was with Kolkata Knight Riders, are among them.
Boult will remain under two-week isolation at home. He will train in Mount Maunganui before leaving for England early June. The move means he will miss the scheduled two-match Test series against England but will play the World Test Championship final against India in Southampton on June 18-22.
“We’re completely supportive of Chris and Trent taking the opportunity to see their families before heading to the UK,” New Zealand Cricket CEO David White said.
“They’ve always been the consummate professionals and we’re more than happy to accommodate these arrangements.”
The NZC has thanked the BCCI and the IPL franchises for arranging chartered flights, and the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) to allow an early arrival to the UK.
“We’ve worked closely with the BCCI and the IPL franchises on the various departure strategies and we’re very appreciative of their support during what is, clearly, a very challenging time.
“We’re also very grateful to the England and Wales Cricket Board for accommodating the early arrival of the four members of the Test squad currently in India.”
New Zealand’s first Test against England at Lord’s is scheduled to begin on June 2.