IPL officials have reiterated their commitment to ensure that all stakeholders of the incident return to safe house.
The IPL release announcing the suspension of the tournament in IPL 2021 stated, “BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange safe and secure passage of all participants in IPL 2021.”
This was the second time in several weeks that the IPL had made such a promise. Last week, similar sentiments were expressed by IPL Chief Executive Officer Hemang Amin, after five players dropped their respective bio bubbles.
However, not all players and support staff members can return home immediately.
Representatives of the four franchises have COVID-19 cases – Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capital – to clear a six-day separation period and three trials before being allowed out of the hotels. As the officials involved in the recent games in these teams match.
In the other four teams, Indian cricketers have started the process of returning home based on the available means of transport.
For foreign cricketers, Hindu Understands that the BCCI has touched base with the Indian embassies of various countries, whose citizens are included in the IPL. Efforts are being made to ensure that all participants – players, coaches, support staff, commentators, broadcast crew – can travel in groups in their respective countries.
With the Australian government prohibiting entry of passengers arriving from India until 15 May, the BCCI has asked Australian players to choose a destination – India or overseas – where they feel safe. In the interim, Australian cricketers are hoping that their government relaxes the rules and allows them to return as soon as possible.