New Zealand IPL players in Maldives could visit England this weekend: Stead

New Zealand cricketers, including skipper Kane Williamson, who are in quarantine in the Maldives following the suspension of the IPL, could travel to England this weekend for an upcoming round of two tests, said the team coach Gary Stead.

Williamson, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson and physio Tommy Simsek are currently isolated in the Maldives and the test series against England is set to start on June 2, followed by the World Testing Championship final against India on June 18 in Southampton.

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“I don’t know all the details yet,” Stead said, quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

“I understand that they are looking to leave somewhere around the time of our departure (May 15, 16 or 17) during this period. I understand the England board is still working on the final details of what it means … the Maldives as opposed to New Zealand, “he added.

The Maldives has been placed on the UK government’s red list, meaning that no direct flights from that country would be allowed into England and residents from there will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine.

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Stead also hinted that pacemaker Trent Boult, who returned home after the IPL suspension, may only be available for the WTC final and previous tests against England.

“Everyone has their reasons around this,” Stead said.

“India changed very, very quickly, in the space of two or three days, and there were options in front of the guys and he (Boult) felt for himself and his sanity, the best thing he could do was go home for awhile.

“He will be ready. We are working on what he will look like and how he will prepare for the World Test Championship final when he comes back to us.”

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