The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended for an indefinite time by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on May 4. The sudden postponement of the T20 Championship left the Australian players and staff members stranded in India as the Australian government banned all flights from India till May 15.
However, the Indian board took complete responsibility of the Australian members as they made all the arrangements for their stay in the Maldives till the Australian government opened their borders. All the 38 Australian members finally reached Sydney on Monday, May 17 and are currently undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
It is now learned that the Australian members who featured in IPL are provided with special treatment in Sydney. Cricket Australia’s (CA) interim chief executive Nick Hockley revealed that BCCI has decided to bear all the expenses of the stay of the members in Sydney.
Speaking on the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, Nick Hockley lavished praise on BCCI for being extremely supportive and doing everything to ensure that all the players and other members are comfortable. “The BCCI at the outset committed to ensuring that they got home safely and as quickly as possible. We’ve been working closely with them. They’ve been fantastic. They’ve delivered on that promise. The BCCI are fulfilling their commitments. They’ve made good on their promise and we’re extremely appreciative.”
Meanwhile, after the players returned back to Sydney on Monday, Hockley thanked BCCI for making sure that all the players reach Australia safe and sound. The chief executive also confirmed that they are in constant touch with BCCI over the calls and texts.
“We’re delighted. We’re really grateful to the BCCI for getting them home quickly and safely. I haven’t spoken to them since they’ve landed, but obviously we’ve been in a text exchange and I’m sure they’ll be very relieved and very appreciative to be home.”
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