The Australian players will leave for their country in the next 48 hours IPL 2021 has been postponed due to four players and other employees testing COVID-19 positives, Fox Sports reported as Cricket Australia spoke to reporters on Wednesday.
About 38 Australian players, coaches, commentators and referees remained in India immediately after the IPL was postponed due to strict travel restrictions by the Australian government, which will not be raised until 15 May at the earliest.
Speaking to reporters at Sydney’s iconic cricket ground, California chief Nick Hockley said BCCI had already drawn up a plan to repatriate Australian players – including David Warner. Pat Cummins,, Steve Smith,, Glenn Maxwell and Ricky Ponting – as fast and safe as possible.
“What BCCI hopes to do is move the entire cohort from India, where they will wait until it becomes possible to return to Australia,” Hockley was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.
“BCCI is working on a number of options – this has been narrowed down to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. BCCI is currently working on the finer details of this.
“We expect this move to happen in the next two days.
“We have a very regular dialogue (with the players) … their well-being is our absolute priority No. 1.”
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