New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has acknowledged that there is a "little bit of apprehension" as he gears up to leave for the UAE to compete in the Indian Premier League, beginning September 19 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thirteen members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent, including two players, testing positive for the virus has added to his concerns as he prepares for his stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad. He flies out on Thursday.
"That's part of the reason why they made every team stay at a different hotel, Williamson told 'Radio New Zealand'.
"But 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 will be okay."
He is one of six New Zealanders featuring in the tournament which was moved out of India due to the rising coronavirus cases.
"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," added Williamson.
The IPL will be played across three cities -- Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The event will conclude on November 10.