Kane Williamson and three other New Zealanders flew to the Maldives on Friday, deviating from their original plan as they did not feel comfortable staying in the COVID-19 hotspot of Delhi.
Williamson, captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mitchell Santer of the Super King of Chennai, Kyle Jamison of the Royal Challenger 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 the India from June 18.
“Kane and a few other New Zealanders did not feel safe in Delhi because of the COVID situation there. That’s why they decided to fly to Maldvies, ”an official at 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.