IPL 2021: Australian players sent from India to Maldives, BCCI promises safe return

Indian Premier League’s Australia Jalthe has been sent to the Maldives after the tournament’s abrupt halt following the coronavirus crisis in India. In a joint statement, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association have confirmed that their players, coaching staff and match officials have been safely deported to the Maldives. They confirm that Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators have been safely evacuated from India and are on their way to Maldives, the statement said.

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International cricketers started going back home on Wednesday. India is facing a severe second wave of corona infection. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had promised a safe return to every foreigner in the league.

BCCI chief and former Indian player Sourav Ganguly said that they will all be fine. They will be taken care of and they will all reach home. He said that Australians will reach Maldives tomorrow, finish their quarantine and then reach Australia safely. So they don’t seem to mind.

Australia has banned passengers from India, including its own citizens. They have been banned till May 15. Former Australian batsman and Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey, who has been tested corona positive, will have to wait for the negative report test before leaving the country. CSK took Hussey to Chennai by air ambulance and captain MS Dhoni left for Ranchi on Thursday afternoon.

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The Australian Board said that the CA and ACA will work with the BCCI to ensure Mike’s safe return to Australia, whenever it is safe to do so.

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