Breaking News: Australian cricketers will be evacuated from India. Dozens of professional cricketers, support staff and cricket media will be evacuated this week.
Australian cricketers will be evacuated either to the Maldives or Sri Lanka in the next two to three days, Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley has announced in a press conference.
“The public will see our best Australian cricketers as almost super heroes… but they’re human beings. They’re people… They’re under enormous amounts of stress,” he said.
One Australian cricketing legend, Mike Hussey, has today tested positive to a second Covid test and will need to remain.
At the weekend, the Australian government banned any citizen from returning home who had been in India for two-weeks before, despite the mandatory hotel quarantine system.
Former Australian cricketer and TV commentator Michael Slater accused the Australian government for having “blood on their hands” after the federal government’s decision.
The Indian Premier League was this week suspended as the pandemic began to cripple the Indian healthcare system.
Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association, the body representing professional cricketers, said it understood the decision of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to suspend the IPL.
“CA is in direct contact with the BCCI as they work through plans to ensure the safe accommodation and repatriation of Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators back home to Australia,” the statement read.
“CA and the ACA respect the decision of the Australian government to pause travel from India until at least May 15 and will not seek exemptions.”
“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL,” the Indian board said in a statement. “This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and well-being of all the stakeholders in mind.
Australian cricketers Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye and Kane Richardson last week fled the IPL, returning home via Qatar.
The Sydney News Authors