Williamson, captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mitchell Santner of the Chennai Super Kings, Kyle Jamison of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and physio Tommy Simsek of the CSK took a commercial flight to the Maldives.
The four were originally supposed to stay in Delhi in a mini bio bubble until May 10 and catch a flight to the UK ahead of the England test series and the World Test Championship final against India. from June 18.
“Kane and a few other New Zealanders did not feel safe in Delhi because of the COVID situation there. That is why they decided to fly to the Maldives,” an official from Sunrisers Hyderabad told PTI.
Another Test regular, Trent Boult, has returned to New Zealand with the rest of the IPL contingent and will join the team in the UK after spending a week with his family.
Although there is a travel ban from India, New Zealand allows its citizens to return home with a mandatory two-week quarantine.
The Australian contingent also flew to the Maldives after the IPL was suspended, as its government banned the entry of all travelers from India until May 15.
The IPL was suspended on Tuesday after the detection of several cases of COVID-19 in its bio-bubble.