After the IPL 2021 was suspended on Tuesday by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) due to the multiple covid cases emerging in franchises, the board’s next big challenge, as they promised, is to ensure the safe travel of its overseas players back to their countries.
It is reported that the foreign players which were participating in the IPL 2021 are likely to start moving out of India from May 5th.
“We have been working on their travel plans in consultation with their respective boards so that each of them reach home safely. Some of them will return home tomorrow,” a BCCI official was quoted by India Today as saying.
There were at least 4 teams – Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, and Delhi Capitals – which had reported cases of coronavirus amongst its players. Hence, with the panic in the overseas contingent, the BCCI decided to postpone the tournament, and plan for the travel back of the foreign players.
Travel Issues for Overseas contingent in the IPL
It is believed that the Australian players will be traveling to the Maldives since they cannot return home for another 10 days as the borders are closed for travelers from India till May 15. There were about 40 Aussies, including the players, coaches, support staff, and commentators, involved in the IPL 2021.
Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman the two Bangladeshi players in the tournament, are expected to return home in a chartered flight in a couple of days and will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Their health authority denied the BCB’s request for a shorter isolation period. Bangladesh will host Sri Lanka in an ODI series starting May 23; the BCB is hopeful that both their star players complete their isolation in time to gain some training and practicer sessions.
While England, New Zealand, and South African players can fly back home, they would be required to serve a mandatory isolation period upon landing.
Meanwhile, the BCCI is also eyeing the September window for the resumption of the IPL 2021., did not rule that out.
“Now we have to look for a window. If we get one, we will explore holding it. We’ll have to see if it is possible in September. We need to examine the plans of the ICC and other boards,” Brijesh Patel, the chairman of the IPL, told Cricbuzz.