Cricket Australia is working with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to transfer the entire Australian cohort from the Indian Premier League to the Maldives or Sri Lanka, where they will wait until they can return to Australia.
In an instant press conference called Wednesday afternoon, acting Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley revealed steps taken to keep some of Australia’s biggest stars safe after the indefinite suspension of the IPL amid devastating wave of COVID-19 sweeping India.
“What we are working to do and the BCCI has worked to do is work to move the entire cohort out of India where they will then wait until it is possible to return to Australia,” Hockley said. .
“BCCI has been working on a range of options. This is now limited to the Maldives and Sri Lanka, and we are working on the final details on this at the moment. We expect the move to take place within the next two months. 3 days. “
From there, the Australian cohort will wait until the ban on travel from India is lifted on May 15 before returning home. Once on home soil, they will again need to be quarantined for 14 days.
In all, 38 Australians remain in India, including players, commentators and support staff.
Hockley rejected claims that the entire resettlement effort might be viewed with animosity by some sections of the public.
“We are not asking for any kind of special exemptions,” Hockley said.
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“Our main priority is to work with the Australian government and the relevant state governments to ensure that we do not take the place of someone else available.”
Australian Cricket Association chief Todd Greenberg has also confirmed the status of Australian great cricketer Michael Hussey who has tested positive for the virus and remains in isolation.
“We spoke to Mike today. He’s in a good mood,” Greenberg said. “Her symptoms are relatively mild.
“He’s in a period of isolation in his hotel room for about 10 days. He has good support systems around him. He’s in a pretty good mood.”
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India’s official number of coronavirus cases surpassed 20 million on Tuesday, nearly doubling in the past three months.
Deaths have officially passed 220,000 but the real numbers are believed to be much higher.
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