With the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League postponed, Cricket Australia Acting Managing Director Nick Hockley said all arrangements were underway to repatriate the Australian contingent as quickly as possible.
Hockley added that Sri Lanka and the Maldives are the two places the Australian contingent must travel to from India before returning home, as direct flights from India to Australia have been halted keeping a eye on the second. COVID-19 wave.
“We are working on arrangements to repatriate all players, support staff, referees, commentators as quickly and safely as possible. What we are working to do and what BCCI is working to do, and they have been incredibly cooperative, is working to move the entire cohort out of India.
“BCCI has therefore been working on a range of options. This is now limited to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. BCCI is currently working on the final details on this and we expect this move to occur in the next two or three months. . days, ”he told reporters on Wednesday.
Hockley continued to praise BCCI and the Indian Board of Directors’ efforts to bring Australian players home. “I would say that the BCCIs have been absolutely fantastic. So they are not only engaged in the first movement in the Maldives or Sri Lanka, but they are also committed to putting together a charter to bring them back to Australia,” he said. he mentioned.
When asked if Cricket Australia regretted letting players participate in this year’s IPL, Hockley replied: “No I don’t think so. I mean our hearts are out to everyone in India Obviously, I mean, I think the IPL, you know, they put so much work, so much effort into organizing the tournament. They obviously did it based on the best information available out there. ‘era and they’ve decided in the last 24 hours that everyone is – well, in the interests of everyone’s health and safety to put the tournament on an indefinite hold.
“At the moment – I was on the phone with my counterpart less than an hour ago and I cannot speak above how the BCCI but also all the franchises have worked to take care of our players and put plans in place to make sure they get home safely and as quickly as possible. “
When asked if Hockley thinks there will be animosity if players manage to return home with a charter, he said: “BCCI is making the best possible arrangements. We are not looking for any sort. special exemptions. We will – – any kind of quarantine arrangements would go beyond the cap, so our main priority is to work with the Australian government and relevant state governments to ensure that we do not take the place of no one else who is available.
“So you know that’s definitely what we’re committed to doing. I would also add to that, that the last 12 months around the world we’ve seen all professional athletes travel differently and charter flights ago. maybe two years would have seen a different type of comment than what we might see today. The reality is that we are going to try to keep them as safe as possible and if that is available I don’t think that we should avoid that. “