Former Australian batsman Mike Hussey, who tested positive for COVID-19 in IPLThe bio-bubble has called for the relocation of this year’s T20 FIFA World Cup from India to the UAE, as it believes teams will be “nervous” to travel there because of the raging pandemic.
Quilting coach Hussey was among three members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent who contracted the virus during the IPL, which had to be stopped after the cases were discovered in four teams.
“I think it will be very difficult for me to play this tournament in India,” Hussey told Fox Cricket after returning to Sydney, where he is undergoing a 14-day quarantine.
Hussey also spent two weeks in solitary confinement in India after testing positive for the virus in Delhi, from where he was transported to Chennai by air ambulance.
“We’re talking about eight teams in the IPL. I think there are probably a similar number, maybe more teams coming from abroad (for the T20 World Cup), there will be more places. As I said earlier, if they’re playing in different cities, then the risk increases.
“I think they will have to look for some pretty big contingency plans, maybe watch the UAE or something like that that could host the World T20. “I think there will be a lot of cricket boards in the world that would be quite nervous to go back to India for a cricket tournament,” Hussey said.
The UAE has already become a backup and the ICC is likely to call the tournament on June 1.
Speaking about his trials in India, Hussey said he had symptoms but had never feared for his life.
“At the time, I thought I didn’t feel great, but not life-threatening or anything like that. But I guess after a while they have an effect. My initial test turned out to be a weak positive, hoping the next one would be negative and be ok, but unfortunately I got a repeat test the next day and it came back positive.
“To be honest, I was already starting to feel some of the symptoms, so I thought, ‘I’m sure I have it.’
“Besides, I sat next to the bowling coach (L Balaji) on the bus several times, so I thought, ‘If there is, there’s a good chance I’ll have it,'” he added.