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Santner excited to play again as he starts T20 league sojourn

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Mitchell Santner has acknowledged he was in doubt to be part of the Caribbean Premier League but feels comfortable travelling to Trinidad for the tournament after assurances from the organisers. The spinner will play for Barbados Tridents before setting off for the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates.

"It's an interesting one. I'm going through America and I'll park up in the [airport] lounge in the corner somewhere. It's one of the risks we've got to think about," Santner told stuff.co.nz. "They've put an extensive booklet together about what happens in each circumstance which has been good, and a bit of clarity around where we're staying. It seems like they've got it under control.

"At this stage, we'll just fly straight across [from the Caribbean]. I'm not sure what quarantine looks like yet, but

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there are some other big dogs like Dwayne Bravo and Brendon McCullum I can tag along with."

Santner featured in the One-Day International against Australia in Sydney in March before the COVID-19 pandemic halted cricket. The spinner gushed he's excited to be back and hoping to find some turning tracks to test the batsmen.

"I'm used to bowling in the nets to them and they've been running down at every ball so it'd be nice to play some of these guys on some spinning wickets and see if they want to try that again," he said. "It'll be exciting to play some cricket again. It's been a slow winter but good to be at home for a bit and train and do all the fitness work. Chris put us through the wringer the last six weeks so it's nice to go away and not see him for a few months."

A total of nine players have been issued No Objection Certificates from New Zealand Cricket while the board will also make players available for IPL. Along with Santner, Corey Anderson will feature for Tridents while Colin Munro and Tim Seifert join Trinbago Knight Riders. Nick Kelly and Ish Sodhi will ply their trade for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots with Ross Taylor, Glenn Phillips and Scott Kuggeleijn featuring for Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia Zouks respectively.

The tournament will begin on August 18 with Knight Riders taking on Amazon Warriors in the first clash of the day. The second game will feature Tridents playing Patriots.

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