On May 4, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as four players from different franchises tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The sudden postponement of the T20 Championship left the Australian players and other members stranded as they couldn’t immediately travel back to their home country.
Given the second wave of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Australian government had suspended all flights from India till May 15. Thus, BCCI decided to send all the Australian members to the Maldives and make arrangements for their stay in one of the hotels.
In another development, it is now learned that all the 38 Australian members present in the Maldives will be flying back to their home country on Monday as the government has lifted the travel ban. As per a report published in the ESPNcricinfo, the Australian members will travel to Australia on a BCCI charter flight and will undergo hotel quarantine upon landing.
Also, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batting coach Michael Hussey will be travelling to Australia on Monday. Hussey had tested positive for the coronavirus and thus was in Chennai. However, the veteran has returned negative results and will be eligible to travel.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO Nick Hockley lavished praises on the Indian board for making proper travel arrangements for all the Australian members and ensuring that they reach their home safe and sound. Nick appreciated the franchises and BCCI for keeping a check on the members and ensuring that they are doing good in the Maldives.
“I would say the BCCI have been fantastic. So they’re committed to not only the first movement to either the Maldives or Sri Lanka but they’re also then committed to putting on a charter to bring them back to Australia,” Hockley said.
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