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The Blackcaps and their English Indian Premier League counterparts are looking to charter a flight headed straight to the UK to escape COVID ravaged India, NZ Cricket Players Association chief executive Heath Mills says.

New Zealand currently has at least 20 citizens in India - across players, coaching staff, team executives and commentators - now all looking to leave the country as soon as possible.

Four Blackcaps (Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner) were due to travel to the UK to link up with the rest of New Zealands side before their tour of England, while another three (Jimmy Neesham, Lockie Ferguson and Finn Allen) would join them to take up short term county cricket deals.

But the suspension of the league has pressed fast forward on those plans, and seeing NZ Cricket and the England Cricket Board come together to get their players to the UK.

Speaking to Newshub, Mills outlined the steps that are being taken to ensure that the Blackcaps core are able to reach their destination, as soon and as safe as possible.

"New Zealand Cricket are working really hard with the English Cricket Board, along with the BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] to try and facilitate the group going to the UK.

"But thats a challenge. Theyre coming from different cities within India, and obviously will not necessarily be in bio-secure bubbles on those transfers.

"It is a challenge for NZ Cricket. Theyre working hard though, and hopefully therell be a plan in the next 24-48 hours that will see the group travel on a day to the UK.

"NZ Cricket are working with the ECB at the moment to try and organise a charter flight - or potentially a couple of flights - to get players back into that country.

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