IPL 2021: Cricket Australia confirms, ‘BCCI has safely transported Australian IPL players to Maldives’– Cricket Australia and Australian Cricket Association (ACA) on Thursday put a joint statement regarding the current situation of Australian players involved in IPL. It is notable that the Australian government have barred flights from India till May 15 amid a new variant of COVID-19 strain. As a result, the players and support staffs of IPL 2021 will have to stay in the Maldives for the time being before they can travel to Australia.
“We can confirm that Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators have been safely transported from India and are en route to the Maldives,” Cricket Australia and Australian Cricket Association said in a tweet post.
Official Update | We can confirm that Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators have been safely transported from India and are en route to the Maldives. pic.twitter.com/mZQT2RlvBv
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) May 6, 2021
“CA and ACA extend their sincere thanks to the Board of Control for Cricket in India for their responsiveness in moving the Australians from India to the Maldives less than two days after the decision to indefinitely postpone the Indian Premier League,“ it added.
“The Australians will remain in the Maldives until the conclusion of the travel pause pertaining to flights from India to Australia. As previously stated, CA and ACA are not seeking an exemption from the Australian Government,” CA said.
IPL 2021: Cricket Australia confirms, ‘BCCI has safely transported Australian IPL players to Maldives’
Mike Hussey to stay in India until COVID-19 recovery
Mike Hussey remains in India having tested positive to COVID19. Mike is experiencing mild symptoms and is in the care of his IPL franchise, the Chennai Super Kings. CA and ACA will work closely with the BCCI to ensure Mike’s safe return to Australia when it is safe to do so.
The safety of every individual involved in the IPL was one of the major reasons for the BCCI and the IPL Governing Council to unanimously decide on the postponement of the league on Tuesday.
“The BCCI and the IPL GC have unanimously decided to postpone the 2021 season till further notice. We don’t wish to compromise the safety of the players, the people involved, the employees, the groundsmen, the match officials, every single person involved,” Jay Shah told ANI.
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