Australian gamers in quarantine, BCCI footing invoice

Sydney, May 18

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) is footing the bill for the 14-day quarantine of the Australian IPL players who arrived here from the Maldives yesterday, Cricket Australia (CA) has clarified.

Most of the 38 members of the Australian contingent who were still at the IPL on May 4, including top players, officials and commentators, landed here yesterday after a forced stop-over in the Maldives. The players had to spend 10 days in the Maldives due to a ban imposed by the Australian government on travellers from the Covid-ravaged India till May 15.

Former batsman Mike Hussey, the CSK coach, was the last of the Aussies to arrive in Sydney, having taken a detour via Qatar.

CA’s interim CEO Nick Hockley said the BCCI has kept its promise and funded the whole operation. Asked if the BCCI was paying for the mandatory quarantine, Hockley said: “Yes… BCCI at the outset committed to ensuring that they got home safely and as quickly as possible. We’ve been working closely with them. They’ve been fantastic. They’ve delivered on that promise.”

The IPL was indefinitely suspended on May 4 after four players and two coaches from four different teams tested positive for Covid-19 inside the IPL bio-bubble.

The Australian players and staff, however, couldn’t head home immediately as their country had imposed a ban on flights from India.

The BCCI had then assured the players that it would do everything possible to ensure their safe return home. “Obviously our thoughts are with all of our friends in India. Then we’ve been working with the government, within the existing frameworks to make sure that they get home as quickly as possible,” Hockley said. “I know the players, having texted a few of them, are extremely appreciative of the BCCI and we’re really pleased that they’re home safely.”

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison had earlier said that the players who competed in the IPL would have to make their “own arrangements” of return. — PTI

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