The triumphant New Zealand team returned home on Saturday after winning the World Test. However, Kane Williamson and a few others were not part of the group that landed in Auckland on Saturday morning.
While Williamson stayed back to play The Hundred with Birmingham Phoenix, Devon Conway (Somerset), Kyle Jamieson (Surrey) and Colin de Grandhomme (Hampshire) stayed in England for the Twenty20 Blast.
Eleven cricketers and eight support staff returned to Auckland via Singapore. New Zealand hosted the ICC match after defeating India by eight wickets in Southampton on Wednesday to win the first crown at the World Cup.
“The boys are in ecstasy. There is a mixture of emotion and cheering. Once we get home and through quarantine, we will hopefully continue with the celebrations,” said left-leaning Trent Boult. stuff.co.nz.
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The Kiwi players now serve a quarantine period of two weeks before they can reunite with their families.
New Zealand Cricket chief David White calls the victory over India ‘a great achievement, one of our wonderful days. I’m very proud of the team and the whole organization. ‘
White said the board plans to honor the players soon in recognition of their achievements, but excludes a street parade.
“We have not finished it yet, but we will definitely try to get them together in some form to celebrate them,” White said. “I don’t think there will be a parade. The current environment is challenging, but getting everyone together would be great if we could celebrate with our commercial partners and our broader cricket family.”