IPL 2021: Australian IPL contingent to attend in Maldives or Sri Lanka

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A number of overseas gamers started heading house on Wednesday after the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL), with event organisers planning an airlift to Maldives or Sri Lanka for the stranded Australian cohort.

Hours after the profitable cricket league was suspended on Tuesday due to India’s rising coronavirus disaster, the English members of the Delhi Capitals squad rushed to Delhi from Ahmedabad to arrange for his or her return house.

The 38-strong contingent of Australian gamers, coaches, umpires and media pundits should wait longer, although, to get house, within the face of a ban on arrivals from India till at the least Might 15.

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Cricket Australia stated there was a plan to get the cricketers out of the pandemic-ravaged nation by chartered flight “within the subsequent two or three days.”

“What the BCCI is working to do is to maneuver the complete cohort out of India the place they may wait till it is attainable to return to Australia,” CA interim Chief Government Nick Hockley informed reporters in Sydney.

“That is now narrowed all the way down to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The BCCI is dedicated not solely to the primary transfer but additionally to placing on a constitution to convey them again to Australia.”

The CA official refused to invest if the league might resume this yr.

“I believe it is untimely to invest on that,” he stated.

“For the time being, the BCCI may be very centered on getting all of the gamers, not simply the Australians, house secure.”

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Chennai Tremendous Kings’ Australian batting coach Mike Hussey, who has examined constructive for COVID-19, will keep again to finish his quarantine interval in India.

Gamers’ union boss Todd Greenberg stated the cricketers had been underneath an “huge quantity of stress” in India.

“The general public will see our greatest Australian cricketers as nearly superheroes however they’re human beings,” the chief government of the Australian Cricketers’ Affiliation stated.

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Whereas the BCCI has promised secure passage for the gamers and officers, New Zealand Cricket stated all of its gamers had been isolating in staff accommodations in India.

An NZC spokesman stated captain Kane Williamson and several other of his teammates had already been booked to hitch the remainder of the Check aspect in England subsequent month.

“We haven’t acquired the finer particulars of that sorted but. We’re working now with the ECB (English cricket board) and BCCI to rearrange flights to get them over to England,” the spokesman stated.

New Zealand gamers’ union boss Heath Mills stated the cricketers had been “fairly anxious now and fairly eager to return house”.

“”They’re working with their IPL franchises and a few franchises have been good at aiding and others haven’t,” Mills informed media.