New Zealand Test Players will depart for the UK from Maldives this Weekend, says Gary Stead

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New Zealand Head Coach Gary Stead on Tuesday said that the New Zealand players who are currently in Maldives will leave for the UK this weekend.

After the sudden postponement of the IPL 2021, the UK-bound New Zealand Test Cricketers headed to Maldives & now the entire group is serving the mandatory quarantine period in Maldives. Gary Stead also said that it is unclear whether the New Zealand players will have to serve quarantine in the UK after coming from Maldives. The New Zealand Test players group who are currently in Maldives includes Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, and physio Tommy Simsek.

“I don’t know the exact details right now. My understanding is that they are looking to leave for Maldives around the time that we leave i.e. May 15.16 or 17. My understanding is that England Board is still working through the final details of what it means to come through the Maldives as opposed to New Zealand,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Stead as saying.

“They can still work on their fitness. So I don’t see it as a bad thing. It’s an adapting world and I think that’s just something we’ve got to keep doing,” he added. New Zealand is scheduled to come into a face-off against England in a two-match Test series, starting from June 2 & then the team will come into a face-off against India in the final of the World Test Championship.

Pacer Trent Boult chooses to head back home after the IPL 2021 has postponed and as a result, he will be missing the first test against England.

“Everyone has got their reasons around it. 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,” said Stead.

“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,” he added.

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