Most Australian cricketers are currently IPL they want to meet their commitments with their respective franchises, even after the tournament’s bio-bubble was punctured with two players testing positive for COVID-19, the head of the country’s players’ union (ACA) said on Tuesday.
Varkata Chakravarthy and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Sandeep Warrier tested positive for the terrible virus, forcing them to postpone their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. The match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday was also postponed after CSK bowling coach L. Balaji returned positively.
But Australian Cricket Association (ACA) executive director Todd Greenberg said his country’s players had no plans to leave the IPL because they had gone to India with “eyes wide open”. However, he said the “concern” was growing because of plans to take them home at the end of the tournament.
“I think the majority is ready to fulfill their commitments, they came in with their eyes wide open,” he told Radio 2GB. “They really want to see the tournament over, but they also obviously want to go home after all, and here comes the worry, because there is simply no final plan for how it will happen at the moment.”
Greenberg said Australian players on the KKR team Pat Cummins and Ben Cutting do “well” and “relatively safely” while in quarantine.
He said he hoped there would be no more positive cases of COVID-19 in the IPL.
“You have to be realistic to find out once it breaks into one of those bubbles that we can see more of, but hopefully we don’t observe it. We’re watching it closely,” he said. “I think the BCCI did a really good job, quickly, to try to isolate as best it could, but in the last two weeks we’ve seen more cases reported of COVID worldwide than in the last six months, so clearly from another the country of the world has some real concerns. “
Three Australian players have already returned home, while commentator Michael Slater is already in the Maldives, unable to return to his country after the suspension of flights from India until at least May 15 due to the massive influx of COVID-19 there. India currently records more than 3 million cases every day and more than 3,000 deaths a day.
More than 30 Australians remain in the tournament, including players, commentators and support staff.