IPL 2021: New Zealand Cricket in touch with IPL franchises after country bans travel from India

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With New Zealand announcing a travel ban from India from April 11 to 28 due to the rise in Covid-19 cases, it puts the cricketers from the country in India for IPL 2021 in a bit of a spot.

NZ skipper Kane Williamson plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad

NZ skipper Kane Williamson plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad (Courtesy of BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 10 New Zealand players including Kane Williamson are currently in India for IPL 2021
  • We're monitoring the situation and are in contact with IPL franchises to keep the lines of communication open: NZC
  • India has been recording more than one lakh Covid-19 cases for the past few days

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced an April 11 to 28 ban on arrivals from India in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in the country.

This has made the situation a little tricky for the 10 New Zealand players including their skipper Kane Williamson who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad and is currently in India for IPL 2021.

Although the IPL is scheduled to be played till the end of May, the ban could however affect the Black Caps preparation for the tour of England.

New Zealand are scheduled to play a two-Test series against England in May-June, followed by the World Test Championship final.

"We're monitoring the situation and are in contact with the IPL franchises to keep the lines of communication open, because the tournament's due to go for some time," Richard Boock, NZC's public affairs manager was quoted as saying by 'New Zealand Herald'.

Captain Kane Williamson, pacers Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson are among the 10 New Zealand players taking part in the IPL beginning on Friday.

"We're prepared to discuss all contingencies, if the situation warrants. For argument's sake, if it occurred with one of the test players, it might make more sense for them to continue on to England (for the Test tour and World Championship final)," Boock added.

India has been recording more than one lakh Covid-19 cases for the past few days.