With the postponement of IPL 2021, players, staff, as well as commentators and all tournament related staff are leaving for their homes. Among the foreign IPL players, English players were the first to leave India, eight of them having landed in London. Now Cricket Australia has confirmed that Australian players, coaching staff, match officials and commentators have left India and are on their way to the Maldives. No less than 40 Australian members were part of the 2021 IPL, which includes top cricketers like David Warner, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, among others.
IPL 2021 postponed: Australians linked to IPL en route to Maldives, confirms Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia’s official Twitter account took to the microblogging site and released a statement in which they confirmed the transport of Australian members from India and also thanked BCCI for their swift actions. CA wrote: “Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association can confirm that Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators have been transported safely from India and are on their way to the Maldives. Australians will remain in Maldives until the end of the trip Pause for flights between India and Australia As previously stated, the CA and ACA are not seeking exemption from the Australian government.
The statement further read: “The CA and ACA extend their sincere thanks to the Cricket Control Board in India for their responsiveness in moving Australians from India to the Maldives less than two days after the decision to indefinitely postponing Indian Premier League. Mike Hussey remains in India after testing positive for COVID-19. Mike has mild symptoms and is being supported by his IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings. CA and ACA will work in close proximity working with BCCI to ensure Mike’s safe return to Australia when it is safe to do so. “
Official update | We can confirm that Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators have been transported safely from India and are on their way to the Maldives. pic.twitter.com/mZQT2RlvBv
– Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) May 6, 2021
Notably, the report by CSK batting coach Michael Hussey COVID also came back positive on Wednesday. He was the fourth person in the CSK campaign to test positive for the unholy virus after CSK 2021 team CEO Kasi Viswanathan, bowling coach Lakshimpathy Balaji and their designated bus cleaner. According to the latest update from Michael Hussey Covid, the former cricketer will be in segregation for 10 days in the custody of CSK.
Meanwhile, Australian players’ travel to the Maldives has been forced due to the Australian government’s travel ban led by Scott Morrison in India until May 15 due to the explosion of COVID-19 cases here. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had refused to consider an exemption and Cricket Australia had also ruled out asking the government for one. As a result, Australians, including David Warner, will stay in the Maldives for a few days before returning home.
SOURCE: IPL / BCCI
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