Australian Cricketers’ Association boss Todd Greenberg said breaching the IPL’s biosafety bubble was only a matter of time before an Australian tested positive for COVID-19.
Retired tall Mike Hussey, batting coach of the Chennai Super Kings, has reportedly contracted the virus.
The time of India According to Hussey, he became the first Australian in the IPL bubble to test positive.
“Hussey was tested and his sample came back positive. We sent him in for a retest, but it also turned positive,” an IPL source told the publication.
Speaking to Radio 2GB, Greenberg said he had yet to receive confirmation from Hussey himself.
“There are a number of mixed messages from India, I haven’t had a chance to speak to Mike personally yet, but they will be there in a few hours in India, so we will have clarification on that as soon as possible. as possible… as we can, ”he said.
“It’s probably not a huge shock (that) one of our guys ended up testing positive once the biosecurity bubble was broken, and that’s ultimately why the IPL tournament was postponed.
“We’re going to try to put as much care around all of our players and staff as we have there, and clearly (with) this overnight information from Mike, we’ll have to contact him very quickly, as soon as he wakes up. “
The IPL was suspended Tuesday night after several players tested positive.
The Kolkata Knight Riders were placed in isolation after players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier caught the virus, along with three Super Kings staff.
The decision to suspend competition was made when Sunrisers Hyderabad wicket keeper Wriddhiman Saha – a teammate of David Warner – also contracted the virus.
“Once the biosecurity bubble was shattered, she obviously had huge concerns for the continued viability of the tournament, so BCCI probably made the only decision they could make,” said Greenberg.
There are currently over 30 Australian players, commentators, referees and coaches in India, including top players Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and David Warner.
Australians now face an uncertain wait to return home, with the federal government suspending all travel from India until at least mid-month.
“Now we are working very closely with Cricket Australia, our government (and) the Indian officials, we are obviously in dialogue with our players and we will find a passage for them at home,” said Greenberg.
“It will obviously be a two-step process, given that there are no return flights to our country, they have been suspended until May 15, so there will be a destination first and then finally a return to Australia at the right time. “
The Prime Minister announced last week that players and coaches in India would not be given special treatment.
“They traveled there privately under their own arrangements. It was not part of an Australian tour,” Mr Morrison said.
“And they are under their own resources and they will use those resources, I’m sure, to see them return to Australia according to our own arrangements.”
Cricket Australia has already confirmed that it will not seek special treatment for returning players and staff.
Former Australian drummer Michael Slater launched a furious tirade against the Prime Minister on Monday evening, after leaving India for the Maldives.
“If our government cared about the safety of Australians, it would allow us to go home. It’s a shame!” hey tweeted.
“Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How about fixing the quarantine system.
“I had government permission to work on the IPL but now I’m overlooked by the government.”
Greenberg said other Australians in India would likely follow a similar path back home.
“Michael Slater is probably enjoying his time in the Maldives, so he might have company, we just need to make sure they’re well looked after,” he explained.
“They are no different from the 9,000 other Australians who are in India, who are no doubt all trying to find their way home. We have almost 40 Australian cricketers, some past and present, some working in the media and the personal. roles, and we want to make sure we take good care of them and bring them home safely. “
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