Even as the Coronavirus cases continue to rise in India and several players are withdrawing from the competition, the New Zealand players will complete their IPL 2021 commitments with their respective franchises. The same has been confirmed by the New Zealand Cricket Players Association Chief Executive Heath Mills. He said that although the Kiwi cricketers seem anxious about what they are witnessing in India outside of their bubble, they feel well looked after by their franchises inside their bio-secure bubbles.
“There’s no doubt they’re certainly anxious about what is happening in India and what they’re witnessing,” Mills was quoted as saying.
“But they feel well looked after by their IPL franchises and very safe in their bubbles,” he added.
“There are four teams in a hotel and the hotel is locked down. The challenge is when they transfer from city to city, then they need to put on the PPE gear and that’s when they’re probably most at risk. Whilst they’re anxious, they’re ok. No one has indicated yet that they want to go home,” he revealed.
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NZC Players Association chief confirmed that all the New Zealand players will play the complete IPL 2021.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 27, 2021
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