All Australia’s IPL 2021 participants including players, coaches, match officials and commentators have headed to the Maldives. The Australians will stay in the Maldives (under quarantine) until the restriction of flights from India to Australia comes to an end. Cricket Australia (CA) also praised BCCI for their initiative of sending back the players after the IPL 2021 cancellation.
“CA and the ACA extend their sincere thanks to the Board of Control for Cricket in India for their responsiveness in moving the Australians from India to the Maldives less than two days after the decision to indefinitely postpone the Indian Premier League,” CA said in an official statement.
Meanwhile, Michael Hussey and CSK bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji have flown to Chennai for better observation after contracting Coronavirus. Both of them are currently asymptomatic but Hussey will have to wait for his negative result before leaving India.
Therefore, his return to Australia has now been extended for a few more days in India. Post his recovery, CSK will arrange a charter flight to Australia.
“See, we have better contacts in Chennai, so it was decided to fly both Hussey and Balaji into Chennai in an air ambulance to ensure that if the need arises, we have the facilities ready. Fortunately, they have no symptoms and both are doing fine. But yes, Hussey has to wait to get a negative report before he can leave India. We will arrange a charter when he is safe to fly,” the official explained.
CSK skipper, MS Dhoni is the last one to leave for his home. It has been reported that the skipper made it clear that he won’t leave the bubble until everybody has left.
Meanwhile, the BCCI is also considering moving the rest of the suspended IPL 2021 out of India to either UAE or Australia to avoid the loss. Yesterday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly also stated that the cancellation of IPL 2021 would incur a loss between 2000-2500 crores.