With their country closed to anyone departing from India, the now suspended Australian IPL contingent of players, support staff and commentators are expected to travel to the Maldives before catching a connecting flight to the House. The IPL was “indefinitely suspended” on 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.
“A massive exodus of Australian players, coaches and support staff to the Maldives is the expected remedy to the dilemma created by the postponement of IPL 2021 and the current closure of the Australian border to citizens currently in India during the COVID-19 outbreak. ”UK Time News reported.
“There are almost 40 Australians in the IPL bubble comprising of players, coaches and commentators,” he added.
“Pat Cummins, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Ricky Ponting, Simon Katich and company are expected to join commentator Michael Slater, who had previously visited the Maldives as a temporary position …”
First pacemaker Pat Cummins, who is under contract with KKR, called the situation unprecedented.
“Once we left Australia we knew we had signed up for a 14 day quarantine to come home so you would feel a bit further from coming home but when the border closed was closed , no one has ever experienced this before, ”Pat Cummins told The Back. Page on Fox Sports.
“(This has) added a bit of anxiety for the Australians here, but we have signed up to play the tournament until early June, so hopefully everything reopens on May 15th and we can come back.” , added Cummins.
“Cricket Australia has been brilliant with ACA, they are working closely with the government to get the latest information, if we can’t get home it won’t be for lack of trying on behalf of everyone involved . “
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