Cricket: Kiwi Indian Premier League contingent staying put amid India's COVID-19 crisis

Kiwi cricketers playing their trade in the Indian Premier League have no intention of leaving India, despite the COVID-19 crisis that's spiralling out of control on the subcontinent.

India's experiencing a second wave of the virus that's prompted questions about whether players should remain and whether the tournament should continue. 

But while the likes of Indian star Ravi Ashwin, and Aussies Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye have all withdrawn, the Kiwi players are staying right where they are.

Players association boss Heath Mills has been in regular contact with the Blackcaps group, who are living and training amid strict bubble conditions.

"They're anxious about what they see happening around them, as we are watching from here with the COVID-19 situation," Mills tells Newshub. "It's clearly horrific. 

"But they also know it's their job, it's their work, and they have complete trust in the IPL and the BCCI and the Indian Government to do the right thing.

"The players are comfortable being there and no one has indicated to me that they wish to come home."

There are currently nine Blackcaps in action across the Twenty20 league: captain Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson, Mitch Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Seifert, Finn Allen, Adam Milne and Jimmy Neesham.

The players are safe inside the IPL bubble - exposed to risk only during travel between games - and all of those precautions are necessary due to a crisis that's raised questions about an increasingly sensitive issue. 

"I think it's difficult for us in New Zealand to start making moral judgments about what the Indians should and shouldn't do in their own country," Mills notes.

Even if NZ players wanted to return home over safety fears or moral objection, they would struggle to find a place in managed isolation. 

And while Blackcaps players in New Zealand have received the COVID-19 vaccine, Indian Premier League players have not. 

"There was hope they would be vaccinated when they arrived in India but that didn't happen unfortunately, so we're waiting to see what can happen for those guys," says MIlls.

In the meantime, the best and safest option for NZ's IPL contingent is to stay put.

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