IPL 2021 suspended: 8 England cricketers reach home – After BCCI suspended the IPL 2021 due to rising COVID-19 cases inside the safe bio-bubble, foreign players have begun returning home. On Wednesday, eight England players including Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali and Curran brothers landed at the Heathrow airport. All eight players will need to serve a mandatory 10-day quarantine period as India has been put on the ‘red list by the UK.
“They will now quarantine in government-approved hotels,” an ECB spokesperson told Reuters.
“Following the postponement of the Indian Premier League, we are in close contact with our players and staff in India as arrangements are put in place for them to return home safely. The ECB understands the BCCI’s decision to postpone the competition for the safety and wellbeing of those involved, and thanks the BCCI for its commitment to do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all those taking part in the competition. Our thoughts remain with the people of India during these challenging times,” an ECB statement added.
IPL 2021 suspended: On Tuesday, as soon as the BCCI and IPL Governing Council decided to suspend the IPL 2021 indefinitely, the governing body and franchises scrambled to send players home. While the Indian cricketers were sent home by their respective franchises, foreign cricketers’ return was arranged by the BCCI.
On Tuesday, Kevin Pietersen, part of the IPL commentary team returned home. However, Kolkata Knight Riders’ Eoin Morgan, Punjab Kings’ Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan are still stranded in India and will board the flights from Mumbai in the next 48 hours.
IPL 2021 suspended: There are 11 England cricketers in the IPL 2021 apart from coaching staff and commentators. Amongst the coaching staff, KKR’s James Foster, KKR analyst Nathan Leamon, commentators Nick Knight besides Rajasthan Royals CEO Mike Fordham are in India.
However, unlike England cricketers, the 38-strong Australian contingent isn’t so lucky. With Scott Morrison’s Australian government imposing a travel ban on India including its citizens, Aussie cricketers, coaching staff, commentators and umpires are stranded in India.
IPL 2021 suspended: On Wednesday, Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s CEO, said that the board was in touch with the BCCI to relocate the Aussie contingent to either Sri Lanka or the Maldives for the time being as they await approval for return.
“We’re working on arrangements to repatriate all the players, the support staff, umpires, commentators as quickly and as safely as possible. What we’re working to do and what the BCCI are working to do, and they’ve been incredibly cooperative, is working to move the entire cohort out of India,” Nick Hockley said in a press conference on Wednesday.
“That’s now narrowed down to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The BCCI are working through the final details of that at the moment and we expect that movement will happen in the next two to three days. We are not seeking any kind of special exemptions whatsoever,” Nick Hockley added.
IPL 2021 suspended: However, Australian great Michael Hussey will have to stay in isolation as he will be monitored by doctors after returning a second positive COVID-19 result, the Australia Cricketers Association CEO Todd Greenberg said. The former batsman is IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach and will not be able to move to the Maldives or Sri Lanka at the moment. Greenberg confirmed that Hussey has mild symptoms and therefore must remain in isolation.