Sydney, May 5: Cricket Australia Acting Managing Director Nick Hockley said on Wednesday that BCCI was working to arrange a charter flight for Australian IPL rookies, who would likely stay in the Maldives or Sri Lanka before returning home due to a travel ban on the ravaged COVID-19. India.
The IPL Australian contingent of 40, comprising players, support staff and commentators, could be airlifted to the Maldives or Sri Lanka before securing a connecting flight home.
“What the BCCI is trying to do is move the entire cohort out of India where they will wait until it is possible to return to Australia,” Hockley told reporters in Sydney.
“BCCI has been working on a range of options. This is now limited to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. BCCI is committed not only to taking the first step, but also to putting together a charter to bring them back to Australia. . ” The IPL was “indefinitely suspended” Tuesday after several cases of COVID-19 emerged from Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, SunRisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.
There are 14 Australian players as well as coaches and commentators who could now take a detour as the Australian government has imposed strict penalties on those returning from India.
Asked about the possibility of resuming IPL this year, the AC official said he was “premature to speculate on this.” “At the moment, the BCCI is very focused on the safety of all players, not just Australians.” Chennai Super Kings batting coach Mike Hussey, who has tested positive for COVID-19, will be left behind to complete his 10-day quarantine in India.
Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) chief executive Todd Greenberg said Hussey was “good spirits” despite the contraction of the highly contagious virus.
“His symptoms are relatively mild, so he will be isolated in his hotel for at least 10 days, but his team has very good support systems around him, which is good” Greenberg was quoted as saying in “Sydney Morning Herald”.
Given the current situation, the players will leave in batches, starting Thursday.
“This is a two-step process. The first step is to get them out of India and the next step is to get them home safely.” Said Greenberg.
“We are still waiting to find out what the government will do after May 15 and once we have that confirmation we will put in place the next start-up step.”