IPL 2021: Trent Boult heads back to New Zealand, likely to miss both England Tests

IPL 2021: Trent Boult heads back to New Zealand, likely to miss both England Tests

New Zealand pacer Trent Boult, who was playing for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021, will return home after the suspension of the league where he will undergo quarantine and have a reunion with his family later. Boult could miss the two-match series against England due to his home tour but will possibly be playing at the WTC final against India.

Boult will depart New Delhi on Friday on one of two charter flights along with the other New Zealand-based players. According to an NZC statement, Boult would be back with the squad “possibly in time to be picked for the second Test against England but certainly in time for the ICC WTC final.”

“We’re completely supportive of Chris and Trent taking the opportunity to see their families before heading to the UK,” David White, the NZC chief executive, said. “They’ve always been the consummate professionals and we’re more than happy to accommodate these arrangements.”

An NZC spokesman said captain Kane Williamson and several of his teammates had already been booked to join the rest of the test side in England next month.

“We haven’t got the finer details of that sorted yet. We’re working now with the ECB (English cricket board) and BCCI to arrange flights to get them over to England,” the spokesman said.

New Zealand players’ union boss Heath Mills said the cricketers were “pretty anxious now and pretty keen to come home”.

“They are working with their IPL franchises and some franchises have been good at assisting and others haven’t,” Mills told media.

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