Australian players like Pat Cummins, David Warner, and Steve Smith have arrived in Sydney almost two weeks after the suspension of the IPL.
IPL-2021 was postponed indefinitely after consecutive cases of coronavirus appeared. In such a situation, the responsibility of sending all the foreign players back home was taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in which they have also been successful. Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO Nick Hockley said on Monday that he is ‘grateful to the BCCI for ensuring a ‘safe and quick return to the Australian squad playing in the Indian Premier League. The Australian contingent returned home after spending a few days in the Maldives.
Australian players such as Pat Cummins, David Warner, and Steve Smith arrived in Sydney almost two weeks after the T20 league was suspended after the IPL bio-bubble reported cases of a COVID-19 infection. In the IPL, Varun Chakraborty of Kolkata Knight Riders, Sandeep Warrier was found infected with Corona. Apart from this, COVID-19 also had a case in the support staff of Chennai Super Kings. The same Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Riddhiman Sah and Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra were also caught in the virus. After this, the BCCI decided to postpone the league indefinitely. The league was suspended after 29 matches of the current IPL season were played.
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The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Hawkley as saying, “We are very happy. We are grateful to the BCCI for arranging for their safe and speedy repatriation. I have not yet spoken to him after his arrival here but have shared the messages and I am sure that he is very relieved and happy to be back home. ”
Australia’s 38-member squad, including fourteen players, left for the Maldives on 6 May following the suspension of IPL 2021 as the government banned flights from India till 15 May following the rise in COVID-19 cases in India. Was Apart from the players, the group’s support staff and commentators, who arrived here, also reached the Maldives by chartered plane after the suspension of the IPL. Australian cricketers, support staff, and commentators will go through a 14-day quarantine at Sydney hotels before leaving for their cities.
Chennai Super Kings batting coach and former Australian batsman Michael Hussey also returned home in Doha on Friday after being found COVID-19 negative. He was found infected on May 4 and was then brought to Chennai in an air ambulance from Delhi.