Foreign Cricket Stars Of Indian Premier League 2021 Scramble To Escape Covid-Hit India

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Cricket authorities in Australia and New Zealand rushed to evacuate star players from Covid-hit India on Wednesday, after the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) was once deserted. Cricket Australia said plans were under way to fly 38 players and staff, including superstars Steve Smith, David Warner, and Pat Cummins to the relative safety of the Maldives or Sri Lanka in the next “two to three days.” The IPL, the world’s richest Twenty20 cricket tournament, was once suspended on Tuesday and players were sent home, as India battles a massive surge in coronavirus cases.

But Australian cricketers found themselves in limbo as they’re banned from returning Down Under until no less than May 15 after Canberra slammed shut its borders and threatened anyone entering from India with prison time.

The group is likely to be chartered back to Australia once the ban has been lifted, with the assistance of the Board of Keep watch over for Cricket in India (BCCI).

“The BCCI is working through arrangements to repatriate the entire players, the fortify staff, and umpires commentators as quickly and safely as imaginable,” said Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s interim CEO.

They’re “working to move all of the cohort out of India… the BCCI has been working on a range of options. That’s now narrowed down to the Maldives and Sri Lanka,” Hockley added.

But the group departing India will not include 79-Test veteran Michael Hussey, the Chennai Super Kings batting coach, who tested positive for coronavirus and will remain in isolation.

“His symptoms are somewhat gentle,” said Todd Greenberg, the Australian Cricketers’ Organization chief executive.

“So he is okay, he is in for a stint of isolation in his hotel room for a minimum of 10 days, but he is in pretty good spirits,” Greenberg added.

Warner posted a drawing of his circle of relatives made by one of his daughters on Instagram, with a heart-covered caption reading: “Please Daddy come home straight absent. We overlook you a large number and love you.” It gathered nearly 850,000 ‘likes’ in a couple of hours. 

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Two more cricketers tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, Delhi Capitals (DC) leg-spinner Amit Mishra and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha.

Many of New Zealand’s top players are trying to shuttle to the UK where they’re because of play a Test series against England next month before contesting the World Test Championship (WTC) against India.

New Zealand Cricket said it was once trying to organise a constitution for Test players Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner, in addition to three players signed to English county sides.

Britain is currently only allowing its own citizens to shuttle home from India but a New Zealand Cricket spokesman said “we’re self-assured of getting border exemptions.”

He added another constitution flight was once imaginable to transport players, fortify staff and TV commentators home to New Zealand.

India, which has reported more than 20 million infections so far, with more than 220,000 deaths, is because of host the Twenty20 World Cup from October.

The cash-rich IPL, taking place in biosecure “bubble” conditions, attracts most of the world’s top cricketers, including players from Australia, England and South Africa.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) said that they were in contact with their players and fortify staff, working to cause them home.

The IPL started in early April, with the decision to go ahead in the face of a deepening health crisis prompting criticism from some observers, while others defended it as a welcome distraction.

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“It has been unedifying at times watching this tournament when people are dying just up the Road,” said former England captain Nasser Hussain in the Day by day Mail.

“The mistake was once made in having the tournament in India in the first place… Six months ago they held an IPL in the United Arab Emirates and it went brilliantly. Covid rates were low and no bubbles were compromised. They could have returned there,” Hussain concluded.

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