Is Aussie contingent at IPL heading to Sri Lanka?

2021-05-05 at 13:58

Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley says the Board of Control for Cricket in India will help to move all Australian players part of the 2021 Indian Premier League tournament to the Maldives or Sri Lanka in the coming days.

The 2021 IPL was suspended indefinitely yesterday as India’s COVID-19 crisis escalates, but the decision left Australian and other foreign participants looking for ways to leave the country.

Australia has banned travellers from India who have been in the country within the prior 14 days but CA interim Chief Executive Hockley said the players would wait outside India for approval to head home.

Hockley told reporters in Sydney, “So what we’re working to do, is working to move the entire cohort out of India, that’s now narrowed down to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The BCCI is working through the final details of that at the moment and we expect that movement will happen in the next two to three days.”

Hockley added that the Indian board had also committed to arranging a charter plane to bring the Australian cricketers home.

Australia has banned travellers from India until May 15.

The Australian Cricketers’ Association confirmed former Australia batsman Mike Hussey, a coach for one of the IPL teams, had tested positive for COVID-19.