IPL 2021 Suspended: BCCI to help relocate stranded Australian players to Sri Lanka or Maldives – The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is working with Cricket Australia (CA) and the IPL franchises to relocate stranded Australian cricketers, coaching staff, commentators and umpires to Sri Lanka or the Maldives, CA’s interim chief Nick Hockley said on Wednesday. As the IPL 2021 was suspended indefinitely following multiple cases of COVID-19 inside IPL’s pristine bio-bubble, Australians were left stranded due to the Australian government strict travel ban that does not allow even its own citizens to come back home till May 15.
With India currently ravaged by the second wave of COVID-19 with daily infections reaching close to 400,000 on Wednesday, Australian players do not feel safe in India. Hence, the BCCI is trying to arrange charter flights to relocate the stranded players to either Maldives or Sri Lanka. There, the players will wait for approval to head home.
IPL 2021 Suspended: “We’re working on arrangements to repatriate all the players, the support staff, umpires, commentators as quickly and as safely as possible. What we’re working to do and what the BCCI are working to do, and they’ve been incredibly cooperative, is working to move the entire cohort out of India,” Nick Hockley said in a press conference on Wednesday.
“That’s now narrowed down to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The BCCI are working through the final details of that at the moment and we expect that movement will happen in the next two to three days. We are not seeking any kind of special exemptions whatsoever,” Nick Hockley added.
“The BCCI is putting in place the best possible arrangements. We’re not seeking any kind of special exemptions whatsoever. We will — any kind of quarantine arrangements would be over and above the cap. So our main priority is we would work with the Australian Government and the relevant state governments to make sure that we’re not taking spaces of anyone else that’s available,” he further added.
“So, you know, certainly that’s what we’re committed to do. I’d also add to that, that the last 12 months around the globe, we’ve seen all professional athletes travel differently and charter flights maybe two years ago would have seen a different type of commentary than what we would see today. The reality is we’re going to try to keep them as safe as possible and if that’s available to it, I don’t think we should shy away from that.”
IPL 2021 Suspended: ‘Michael Hussey confirmed positive,’ ACA chief Todd Greenberg says
However, Australian great Michael Hussey will have to stay in isolation as he will be monitored by doctors after returning a second positive COVID-19 result, the Australia Cricketers Association CEO Todd Greenberg said. The former batsman is IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach and will not be able to move to the Maldives or Sri Lanka at the moment. Greenberg confirmed that Hussey has mild symptoms and therefore must remain in isolation.
“The public will see our best Australian cricketers as almost superheroes… but they’re human beings. They’re people… They’re under enormous amounts of stress. They are still a long way from home … we don’t have a definitive timeline on when they will go from India,” Todd Greenberg said.