IPL President Brijesh Patel said on Tuesday that BCCI “will find a way” to organize the return of foreign players after the league’s indefinite suspension due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in its bio- bubble. The league suspension was announced after Wriddhiman Saha, wicket keeper and batsman for Sunrisers Hyderabad, tested positive for COVID-19 with Delhi Capitals veteran Amit Mishra. “We have to send them home and we will find a way to do it,” Brijesh told PTI when asked how the foreigners would get home, but he did not elaborate beyond that.
Foreigners involved in the lucrative league fear returning to their respective countries due to travel restrictions imposed following a deadly resurgence of the pandemic in India.
BCCI had also assured foreign players a safe return earlier.
On Monday, cricketer-turned-commentator Michael Slater, who was commenting in the IPL, escaped to the Maldives and launched a scathing attack on his country’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, for failing to allow his citizens to return from India, calling for a travel ban, until May 15, a “disgrace”.
Australia has closed its borders and does not allow commercial flights from India due to the massive surge of COVID-19 here, which has led to all players, support staff and commentators, who may have wanted to leave the IPL halfway into a fix.
“If our government cared about the safety of Australians, it would allow us to go home. It’s a shame !! Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like that. How about fixing it. quarantine system. I had government permission to work on IPL but now I have government negligence, “Slater tweeted.
A few days ago, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said his country’s cricketers would have no problem traveling on the same chartered flight that would take players from India, New Zealand and from England to UK after IPL.
India and New Zealand are scheduled to play in the World Testing Championship final from June 18 and will fly to England after the IPL ends.
On Monday, Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji, along with Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy, also had positive results.
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