After the Board of Cricket Control in India (BBCI) announced suspension of IPL 2021 on Tuesday due to COVID-19 cases being reported from several squads, a troubling question about returning home appears to have risen in front of Australian players participating in the cash-rich domestic league.
Australia, which shut down all flights from India on April 27 till May 15, later on added that anyone who has been to India within 14 days of their date of arrival in Australia, would also be barred from entering the country.
Reportedly, there are 40 Australians in the IPL bio bubble, including players, coaching staff and commentators.
What happens now?
Commentator Michael Slater has reportedly already headed to the Maldives as a temporary place of stay after the bio-bubble breach on Tuesday. Several Australian players, including Pat Cummins, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Ricky Ponting will be joining Slater in the island nation, as per a report by ESPNcricinfo.
Cricket Australia, meanwhile, released a statement on Tuesday, saying they were working in tandem with BCCI in bringing back the players.
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“CA is in direct contact with BCCI as they work through plans to ensure the safe accommodation and repatriation of Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators back home to Australia.”, the statement noted.
Are all the players travelling to the Maldives?
Australian allrounder Dan Christian, who is scheduled to play in the UK later this year, will possibly be going through other plans of transportation, with the UK currently allowing only its citizens and residents to fly back from India. A popular stop between India and UK, Dubai, is not allowing flights from India to halt either.
Reportedly, both BCCI and Cricket Australia officials were engaged in urgent meetings Tuesday, exploring possible transportation options.
Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye were among those who left India before the ban came into place, late in April.