IPL 2021 – Pat Cummins, Steve Smith reunite with families: After spending over three weeks in quarantine and isolation in the Maldives and Australia, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, David Warner and other Australians who were part of the IPL 2021 contingent were reunited with their families. The 38-people strong Australian contingent including cricketers, coaches and commentators were in quarantine in Sydney since arriving on May 15 after the country lifted a travel ban.
There were hugs, cheers and even tears as Pat Cummins, David Warner and others left the hotel quarantine on Monday morning. Most of the Aussie cricketers, coaches and commentators haven’t met their families for nearly two months as they left for IPL 2021 in India in early April.
After the IPL 2021 was suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis in India, they were moved to the Maldives on a charter flight. They were stranded in the island nation for 10 days, awaiting Australia’s travel ban to end on May 15 which did not permit even its own citizens to come home.
“It was nice to know that we were getting home that’s for sure. It’s always tough being stuck somewhere, and knowing that we’re able to get home was a relief, and now we’re out of quarantine, I can’t wait to get home and see my family,” Jason Behrendorff told News Corp. The fast bowler came as a replacement in Chennai Super Kings.
Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler Pat Cummins’s pregnant partner Becky Boston was in tears after finally meeting him after nearly two months. They will all be home for 2-3 weeks before joining the Australia team for the West Indies tour.
Home after a long an emotional trip! Cannot thank the @BCCI enough for everything they did. They certainly went above & beyond, with the assistance of @ACA_Players @CricketAus. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of the millions that are still suffering in 🇮🇳 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/72QNIfJilW
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) May 31, 2021
The limited-overs series in West Indies begins on July 10 with the team expected to leave in the first week of July. Before that, they will assemble for a camp. While Pat Cummins could be rested, others will join the team for a long tour. The Caribbean tour will be followed by 5-match T20I series in Bangladesh as Aaron Finch’s men will get 10 matches to prepare for the ICC T20I World Cup.
However, with the IPL 2021 Phase 2 resuming in the UAE on September 17, Australian cricketers and Cricket Australia faces a dilemma. Leaving for IPL would mean another extended life in the bubble as it will be followed by the ICC T20I World Cup, possibly in India from October 18. They will be travelling for nearly three months without their families.
But as per a report in Sydney Morning Herald, Pat Cummins has already decided not to come back for IPL 2021 Phase 2 as others continue to mull over including Steve Smith, who may also decide against rejoining IPL. Cricket Australia could also ask players to stay put to keep fresh for the ICC T20 World Cup.