IPL 2021: Maldives bans travellers from India, CSK worried about Michael Hussey’s departure

IPL 2021 suspended: Maldives' travel ban for India leaves Chennai Super Kings (CSK) worried about Michael Hussey’s departure
IPL 2021 suspended: Maldives' travel ban for India leaves Chennai Super Kings (CSK) worried about Michael Hussey’s departure

IPL 2021 – CSK Worried about Michael Hussey: On Tuesday evening, the Maldives temporarily suspended visas for travellers from South Asian nations including India. The indefinite travel ban has a repercussion on the cricket world as the Australian contingent in the IPL 2021 is still in the island country after BCCI suspended the tournament midway due to rising cases of COVID-19 inside IPL’s bio-bubbles. The travel ban also puts Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach Michael Hussey, the franchise and the BCCI in a precarious situation as he will now not able to travel to the island nation and join the rest of the contingent.

IPL 2021 – CSK Worried about Michael Hussey: Chennai Super Kings’ Michael Hussey, who tested positive for COVID-19 after the IPL 2021 was suspended, was airlifted to a Chennai facility where he is recovering from the disease alongside New Zealand’s Tim Seifert. He was supposed to join the rest of the Australian contingent in the Maldives and wait for the Australian government to ease restrictions and let its citizens return to the country. Hussey will need to return three negative tests in order to fly out of India.

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IPL 2021 suspended: So far, Michael Hussey tested negative in the first test but returned positive in the 2nd test, extending his isolation days further. However, with the Maldives banning Indian travellers, it is now unlikely for him to join the rest of the Aussie contingent. Instead like Australians in India, he will be stranded in the country until the travel ban is lifted.

Chennai Super Kings CEO, Kasi Vishwanathan, told InsideSport that Hussey will receive another test on Thursday and they can take a call only after that.

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“The test will be done tomorrow and we will know the result only day after. We will have to see how the situation is. First, the priority is to see when Hussey recovers. He is recovering well and is asymptomatic now and the parameters are also okay,” Kasi Vishwanathan told InsideSport.

IPL 2021 suspended: However, he did not comment on whether Michael Hussey will remain in India and wait for Australia to lift the ban.

“If there is a travel ban for India, obviously he will not be able to join the rest of the contingent in the Maldives. But it’s too early to say anything. We have to wait and see the situation. Let him first test negative. We will assess the situation on that day and plan accordingly,” Vishwanathan said.

When InsideSport reached out to BCCI’s treasurer Arun Dhumal, he said a decision will be taken depending on the situation.

“Let him recover. We will take a call accordingly. Whether he should remain in India or whatever option we have, we will take a call then. So far, we haven’t received any information from the Maldives,” Dhumal told InsideSport.

IPL 2021 suspended: Australian cricketers in IPL 2021: Glenn Maxwell (RCB), Pat Cummins (KKR), David Warner (SRH), Jhye Richardson (PBKS), Marcus Stoinis (DC), Steve Smith (DC), Riley Meredith (PBKS), Nathan Coulter-Nile (MI), Kane Richardson (RCB), Daniel Sams (RCB), Dan Christian (RCB), Chris Lynn (MI), Ben Cutting (SRH), Jason Behrendorff (CSK), Moises Henriques (PBKS).

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