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Have to be Extremely Vigilant And Disciplined: Kane Williamson on IPL Coronavirus Cases

Written by Sumit Seth

New Zealand captain and Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Kane Williamson has termed the emergence of coronavirus cases in the Chennai Super Kings camp in the UAE as ‘bad news’ and called for extreme vigilance and discipline to ensure it remains contained.

BCCI last week confirmed that 13 members of CSK contingent including two cricketers have tested positive for the coronavirus after landing in UAE resulting in an extended isolation of their entire squad.

Williamson is one of six New Zealand cricketers set to play in the IPL this year which will start from September 19 in a bio-secure bubble. He’s hopeful measures will have been put in place for better protection.

“… obviously that’s bad news, you don’t want to hear anybody [has got] Covid, although I hear they are predominantly asymptomatic, so hopefully through another lockdown period they can come through and we’ll be okay,” Williamson told Radio New Zealand.

“Obviously there’s a little bit of apprehension, certainly as you get nearer to the time… now it’s two days out you start thinking you do have to be extremely vigilant and disciplined,” he added.

With the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping across the world demanding end of racial discrimination, cricket has also lend its support to the cause with the England and West Indies players sporting the BLM logo during a Test series last month and taking the knee before the start of match.

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