Cricket Australia currently has no plans to arrange a charter flight to bring back its players from COVID-19 ravaged India at the end of the IPL, its head Nick Hawkley said on Monday.
Hawkley insisted that the Australian players felt safe and secure in the IPL bio-bubble but it was revealed before his remarks that two KKR players tested positive for the dreaded virus, leading to an outcry against RCB on Monday. The franchise game was postponed.
Kolkata Knight Riders teammates of Australian Pacer Pat Cummins – Varun Chakraborty and Sandeep Warrier have tested positive.
Mumbai Indians batsman Chris Lynn recently requested Cricket Australia to arrange a charter flight for the players from Australia after the conclusion of the tournament on 30 May.
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“There’s no suggestion at the moment of a charter flight,” Hawkley told Melbourne radio station SEN.
“We are working closely with the Australian Cricketers’ Association, with the players and with the BCCI and making sure that everyone is well and people are fully informed.”
“We have been in contact with the players there and they are generally in good spirits. The work that the BCCI has done (bio-secure) bubble means they are feeling safe and secure, and the people we have They are generally safe. They have plans to meet their sports commitments, ”Cricket Australia boss said. They are monitoring the situation and a decision will be taken immediately.
He said, “The BCCI came out and said that they are understanding and want to support the players to make sure that they get a safe house in the end.”
“The tournament doesn’t end until May 30, so keep an eye on the situation for now and as we get closer to the end of the tournament, we have to see where the situation is,” he said.
The Australian government has recently banned its citizens from withdrawing from India, which is battling a second severe wave of epidemics, killing thousands of people.
Australia’s Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye and Ken Richardson were also part of the IPL, but walked out of India before the ban was announced.
Australia still has a lot of current and former players in the league, playing various roles.
Players such as David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith are competing as players, while former captain Ricky Ponting is among the coaches on duty.
Maxwell recently said that Australian players would not mind traveling to the UK with Indian and New Zealand players, who are set to compete in the World Test Championship final to be held in Southampton from 18 June.