With a closed state for all those flying from India, now suspended IPLThe Australian contingent, including players, support staff and commentators, is expected to head to the Maldives before taking a connecting flight home.
The IPL was “suspended indefinitely” on Tuesday after numerous cases of COVID-19 emerged from Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, SunRisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.
There are 14 Australian players, along with coaches and commentators, who can now take a detour as the Australian government imposes severe sanctions on people returning from India.
“The mass exodus of Australian players, coaches and support staff to the Maldives is the expected means of overcoming the dilemma created by the postponement of the IPL in 2021 and the current closure of the Australian border for citizens currently in India during the growing outbreak of COVID-19, “ESPNcricinfo reports.
“There are nearly 40 Australians in the IPL bubble, including players, coaches and commentators,” he added. Pat Cummins, Stephen Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Ricky Ponting, Simon Katic and company are expected to join commentator Michael Slater, who has already traveled to the Maldives as a temporary post … “
Pat Cummins, who signed with KKR, called the situation unprecedented.
“After we flew out of Australia, we knew we had signed up for a 14-day quarantine to get home so you could feel a little further back home, but when the hard line closed, no one ever felt that before, “Pat Cummins told The Back Fox Sports Page.
“(This) added a little concern for the Australians here, but we signed up to play the tournament until the beginning of June, so we hope that everything will open on May 15 and we can come back,” added Cummins.
“Cricket Australia are brilliant along with the ACA, they work closely with the government to get the latest information, if we can’t go home, it won’t be due to lack of experience from everyone involved.”