England players participating in the IPL are likely to miss the first Test against New Zealand

Published:28 April 2021

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The United Kingdom (UK) has implemented a new 10-day quarantine law for all citizens with UK residency rights who enter the country from a country on the "red list." Since India is on the red list due to an unprecedented increase in Covid-19 incidents, all Indians with residential rights in the UK will be required to serve these 10 days.

And this will undoubtedly come as a shock to the England team, as some of their usual Test match players are currently competing in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Indian Premier League will end on May 30, and the first Test match between England and New Zealand will begin on June 2.

Even if some of the teams in which England players are involved do not qualify for the IPL playoffs round, the England cricketers might not have enough time to take the 1st Test between England and New Zealand on May 23, 2021.

Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, and Chris Woakes are among the IPL players who also play for England in Test matches.

Some of New Zealand's Test stars will also be absent due to their participation in the high-profile IPL. Trent Boult, Kane Williamson, Jimmy Neesham, and Kyle Jamieson are among the players competing in the 2021 IPL season for various teams.

In June, England and New Zealand will play a short two-match Test series. The 1st Test between these two sides will be held in London on June 2, 2021, and the second rubber will be held in Birmingham on June 10, 2021.

This Test series will be followed by the World Test Championship (WTC) final between New Zealand and India, which will be highly awaited. On June 18 2021, the WTC's summit clash will take place in Southampton.