Wellington: New Zealand captain and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) batsman Kane Williamson has said there is “a little bit of apprehension” about the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020).

Williamson’s comment came after 13 members of the Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) contingent tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Two players Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad were among the 13.

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On Tuesday (September 1), Chahar said he has “recovered well”. According to reports, apart from the 13 who tested positive, rest of the CSK franchise have tested negative for the virus.

Ahead of his departure from New Zealand to the UAE, Williamson told Radio New Zealand, “That’s part of the reason why they made every team stay at a different hotel.”

The right-hand batsman added, “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.

“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.”

IPL 2020 was moved out of India due to the coronavirus pandemic. The cash-rich Twenty20 league will be played in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah from September 19 to November 10.