IPL 2021: After more than 48hrs wait, RCB duo Adam Zampa and Richardson manage to book flights back home. The Aussies will reportedly arrive in Australia on Thursday having managed to book flights home from India amid the country’s COVID-19 disaster.
The pair opted to quit the remainder of the Indian Premier League season but were left in limbo on Wednesday, unclear if they would be able to return to Australia before borders slam shut for three weeks.
According to Sporting News, Zampa and Richardson grabbed seats on a flight from Mumbai to Doha on Wednesday and will make a connecting flight to Melbourne, joining fellow IPL withdrawal Andrew Tye who is now in hotel quarantine in Sydney already previously flying out.
So far five players have pulled out of the league owing to the COVID-19 situation in India and the bio-bubble fatigue. Rajasthan Royals’ Liam Livingstone was the first to return home before Andrew Tye too pulled out of the league. Zampa, Richardson were next to follow suit before
R Ashwin also opted for a break to support his family in their fight against COVID-19.
IPL 2021: Cricket Australia thanks BCCI for prioritising players safety
However, Cricket Australia has said they will continue to monitor the situation and provide all support needed to the players who want to return back home. Cricket Australia also thanked the BCCI for keeping the players safe in the strict bio-bubble.
“We will continue to liaise closely with the Australian Government following today’s announcement that direct flights from India to Australia will be paused until May 15, and monitor the situation between now and the tournament’s scheduled conclusion on May 30,” said Cricket Australia in a statement.
“We thank the BCCI and IPL for their efforts to keep everyone safe in the tournament’s bio-secure bubble. Once again, our thoughts are with the people of India during this challenging time,” the statement added.