New Zealand players to depart for UK from Maldives this weekend
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead on Tuesday said that “My understanding is that they are looking to leave [Maldives] somewhere around the time that we leave – May 15, 16 or 17 – in that time frame” as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
New Zealand players who are currently undergoing quarantine in the Maldives, may travel to England this weekend. They have to play 2 match test series against England and a World Test Championship final against India. They left India after the suspension of IPL.
New Zealand’s head coach Gary Stead spoke to ESPN Cricinfo and quoted ” “I don’t know all the details right now,” Stead said. “My understanding is that they are looking to leave [Maldives] somewhere around the time that we leave – May 15, 16, or 17 – in that time frame. My understanding is that the England board is still working through the final details of what it means to come through the Maldives as supposed to New Zealand.”
He also looked confident that Trent Boult will be available for the World Test Championship final against India. As Trent Boult chose to return to his home after the suspension of IPL.
“Everyone has got their reasons around it,” Stead said. “India changed very, very quickly, over the space of two or three days, and there were options put in front of the guys and he [Boult] felt for him and his mental health, the best thing he could do was get home for a while.”
“He is a professional, he has been there in the international circuit for a long time now. He will be ready. We are working through what build-up looks like to him and his readiness for the World Test Championship final when he comes back to us,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Stead as saying.
It is to be noted that New Zealand has to play his test series against England beginning from 2nd June. After that New Zealand has to play the WTC final against India scheduled from 18 June to 22 June.