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IPL 2020: Williamson, Neesham depart for UAE to join their IPL squads

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and all-rounder Jimmy Neesham departed for the UAE to join their respective squads for IPL 2020

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James Neesham, Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson (L), James Neesham (R). Photo:jimmyneesham

New Zealand skipper and all-rounder Jimmy Neesham on Thursday departed for the UAE to join their respective squads for the upcoming (IPL) 2020.

Williamson will be representing while Neesham will be playing for

The is slated to be held from September 19 to November 10 in the UAE across three venues -- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.

The Kiwi skipper shared a photo of himself with Neesham in the flight on Instagram and captioned the post as: "First trip in a while! Looking forward to catching up with the Orange army."

On Wednesday, Williamson had said that COVID cases within (IPL) franchises raised some "apprehension" about the tournament.

"Obviously that's bad news. You don't want to hear anybody has COVID. I hear they are predominantly asymptomatic, so hopefully, through another lockdown period, they can come through and we'll be okay. There's a little bit of apprehension, certainly as you get nearer to the start thinking you do have to be extremely vigilant and disciplined," ESPNCricinfo had quoted Williamson as saying to Radio New Zealand.

New Zealand Cricket's CEO David White has said that the board is keeping a tab on the situation in the UAE. He added that the board is in constant touch with the BCCI as well.

"We've been in close contact with the BCCI, we are very comfortable with all the process they have in place. Likewise, with the CPL, we've got nine players there at the moment and they've been very vigilant with their systems as well. We're in close collaboration with all the member countries around the world," ESPNCricinfo quoted White as saying.

Earlier today, sources within the BCCI confirmed that one member of the board's medical team in the UAE had tested positive for COVID-19.

On August 29, the board had also confirmed that 13 personnel including two players tested positive for COVID-19. However, the board did not specify as to which team had how many confirmed cases. The identity of the players and staff was also not revealed.

"13 personnel have tested positive of which 2 are players. All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team," the BCCI had said in an official release.

The initial phase of would be played without fans, and all the teams would be staying in a bio-secure bubble as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus.

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First Published: Thu, September 03 2020. 16:39 IST