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08:34 PM, February 21, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:36 PM, February 21, 2021

Missing Tests due to IPL not the preferred option: Williamson

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Sunday said that missing the Tests against England, for playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is not his preferred option. Right now, it is yet to be confirmed whether the latter stages of the Indian Premier League (IPL) would be clashing with the Test series between England and New Zealand.

"It's certainly not the preferred thing. I know when plans were put in place that wasn't the idea then, but as we've seen, you can make plans in this day in age, and very rarely do they go to plan," ESPNcricinfo quoted Williamson as saying.

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"For us, it's being able to adapt as quickly as possible, we still have to wait and see when dates are finalised to truly know what is happening before any decision is made but the ideal scenario is to be available and around for all that cricket. We'll just have to wait and see," he added.

Whenever a player returns to New Zealand they will be required to go through two weeks managed isolation under the government's Covid-19 protocols. With the IPL set to play on till early June, NZC CEO David White has said that a "pragmatic" approach will be taken. NZC has long allowed their contracted players free rein to appear in the IPL and to date it has never meant any of them missing a Test match, although on the 2015 tour of England players arrived just a few days before the opening game.

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