Several Australian cricketers are looking to leave the IPL 2021 (Indian Premier League) due to fears that they will be locked of their country following rising COVID-19 cases in India. It has now been learned that the Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner could also decide to follow the suit and head home before Australia’s borders are shut for people coming in from India.
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According to a report in 9News early Tuesday morning, “Australian cricketers including David Warner and Steve Smith are now hoping to be flown home to India before borders shut.”
Warner is leading SunRisers Hyderabad while Steve Smith is batting for Delhi Capitals.
“We have got 30 players, coaches and commentators that are very keen to get out of India naturally given the deteriorating situation that they are facing health-wise right across the country,” added the report.
There were 17 Australian players participating in the Indian Premier League out of which three – Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson (both Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals) have already returned home. Tye told cricket.com.au that he doesn’t want to get locked out of the country.
There are coaches like Ricky Ponting (Delhi Capitals), David Hussey (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Simon Katich (Royal Challengers Bangalore) as well as commentators Brett Lee, Michael Slater and Matthew Hayden.
The report added that there are talks of bringing the players back on a chartered plane. The 9News report claimed that there are talks over that and a suggestion for it has been ‘bandied’ but nothing has been finalised.
Cricket Australia though told IANS that there are no plans of having a chartered plan for the players at this point.
The other option being discussed is quarantine in a third country before reaching Australia.
“I’m just going to wait and see how that plays out. Worst comes to worst, we’ll have to quarantine in Dubai for a couple of weeks before we can fly home. But I’m sure it will get sorted,” Aussie pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile, who is with Mumbai Indians, told cricket.com.au.
Coulter-Nile, however, remains adamant on staying back.
But that may not be possible if a complete ban on flights from India is discussed and put in place.
Nine Media and news.com.au have been reporting that a complete ban on flights will also be discussed in the National Security Committee of Cabinet meeting.
It is worth mentioning that the second wave of COVID-19 has wreaked havoc in India, with more than 3 lakh new cases arriving on a day-to-day basis. The death rates are also on the all-time rise in the country.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni shows he is a captain off the field as well.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, former captain of the Indian Cricket team and currently captaining the IPL team Chennai Super Kings once again proved why he’s the kindest of all.
As the Indian Premiere League 2021 got postponed due to some players testing positive, all the players of the League are currently being sent to their respective homes. The International players of all teams are travelling through Chartered flights for safe travel.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni proves why he’s the greatest.
According to sources, MS Dhoni told the management that the foreign players and support staff should be given the first preference to leave for their houses.
Dhoni in fact told that he would be last person to leave the Hotel in Delhi (where the team was staying) to ensure everyone leaves safely.
“Mahi bhai said that he will be the last person to leave the hotel. He wanted foreigners to leave first, then the Indian players. He will be taking the last flight tomorrow when everyone reaches their home safe and secure,” a member of CSK was quoted
Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again proved why he deserves to be the Captain of his team – because he leads the team like a CAPTAIN.
Meanwhile, Indian Captain Virat Kohli travelled to Mumbai today. The english men including Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, and Jason Roy landed in London to begin a 10-day quarantine before heading to their respective homes while Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan are expected to board flights in the next 24 hours.
Muskan Langoo, Content Writer , JK Media
IPL 2021 suspended due to rising COVID-19 cases
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday suspended the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, a decision taken after a number of COVID-19 cases emerged in the bio-bubble.
BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla confirmed the same to news agency ANI. “IPL has been suspended, we will see whether we can reschedule it. It is not cancelled. It is just suspended for now,” the official said.
The decision was taken after Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha on Tuesday tested positive for the virus.
Both the members were part of the ongoing IPL and SRH were scheduled to take on defending champions Mumbai Indians on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, three members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent tested positive for the virus on Monday, which included CSK bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Two Kolkata Knight Riders players – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – also tested positive for the novel coronavirus despite the event taking place inside a robust bio-bubble.
As per reports, it is believed that Chakravarthy, who recently had exited the bio-bubble for shoulder scans via a green channel, may have contracted the virus first.
IPL 2021: RCB Vs KKR match rescheduled
The match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) on Monday (May 3, 2021) has been rescheduled. The IPL match was scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM on Monday (May 3, 2021).
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As per a report in ESPNcricinfo, the step was taken after two players of KKR tested positive former Covid-19.
The report confirmed that spinner Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have contracted the virus. The report mentioned that the spinner had left the bio-bubble recently via an official green channel for scans on his shoulders.
Apart from the duo other KKR members have returned negative for the test. However, the KKR members are currently under self isolation, putting their contest against Virat Kohli’s RCB in doubt.
No official confirmation has been released by the BCCI or either of the franchise in this regard.
Meanwhile, this is the first time in the season when a member has tested positive despite being in the IPL bio-bubble.
Ahead of IPL 2021, Delhi Capitals’ Axar Patel and KKR’s Nitish Rana had tested positive for the virus. However, the duo have recovered well and are currently fulfiling their duties for their respective franchises.
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