IPL 2021: CSK’s Michael Hussey returns COVID positive after testing negative in 1st test, to remain stranded in India

IPL 2021: ‘Oh gosh, why me?’ Chennai Super Kings' Michael Hussey reveals COVID-19 ordeal after returning to Australia
IPL 2021: ‘Oh gosh, why me?’ Chennai Super Kings' Michael Hussey reveals COVID-19 ordeal after returning to Australia

IPL Indian Premier League – Hussey again tests Positive: Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) batting coach Michael Hussey will remain in Chennai following further testing of COVID-19. Hussey tested negative on Saturday and was recovering well from the disease. But with the second test coming back positive, he will have to be stranded in India for a further few days before he could join other Australians in the Maldives. The Australian great contracted the virus two days after two CSK members including bowling coach L Balaji had tested positive. IPL 2021 was suspended as a result of multiple such cases within the bio-secure bubble.

IPL Indian Premier League – Hussey again tests Positive: Most of the 38-men strong Australian contingent is now in the Maldives waiting for their government to lift the travel ban on May 15. Only then, they will be able to go back home as, under the bio-security act, people with travel history to India are banned from entering the land down under until May 15. Anyone violating the rule could be punished with fines up to $66,000 and a 5-year jail term.

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IPL Indian Premier League – Hussey again tests Positive: Australian cricketers, coaches, umpires and commentators followed Michael Slater in the Maldives after the BCCI arranged charter flights to the island nation as the IPL 2021 was suspended indefinitely on May 4.

However, Michael Hussey missed the flight as he was tested positive for COVID-19 in Delhi and was airlifted to Chennai on May 6. He is kept in isolation and recovering from the disease. As per BCCI protocols, someone who tests positive will need to return two consecutive negative tests to leave isolation. Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan told PTI on May 7 that he had already tested negative once and will soon join others in the Maldives.

“He tested negative before getting on an air ambulance from Delhi to Chennai (on Thursday). He is doing fine. All other overseas personnel have left, head coach Stephen Fleming will be flying out tomorrow,” said Viswanathan.

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IPL Indian Premier League – Hussey again tests Positive: But as per The Australian, he returned the second test positive. Michael Hussey is currently kept in the COVID-19 recovery facility in Chennai alongside New Zealand cricketer Tim Seifert of Kolkata Knight Riders. Seifert tested positive hours before taking the flight back to New Zealand.

“I’m resting well and I’m feeling stronger. I’m hugely appreciative of what CSK have already done and are doing for me,” Michael Hussey told Sydney Morning Herald recently.

“It’s horrific what’s taking place in India at the moment with the pandemic and I’ve been blessed with the great support I have received. I’m grateful for all the messages of support from cricket fans in India and Australia,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Australians are trying to lay low in the Maldives after facing backlash over preferential treatment. Out of some 9,000 Australians stranded in India only they could leave the country amid the deadly second wave as others failed to get on the flight back home before the travel ban was imposed.

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