IPL 2021 suspended due to Covid-19 crisis: Overseas players likely to start returning home from May 5

The abroad players collaborating within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 are likely to start returning home from May 5 (Wednesday) after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended the T20 event due to the rising Covid-19 disaster within the nation.

The Indian cricket board’s choice got here simply hours after Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals leg-spinner Amit Mishra grew to become the most recent additions within the record of players who examined optimistic for Covid-19 throughout IPL 2021.

Kolkata Knight Riders duo Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji and a bus cleaner had contracted the virus on Monday (May 3). The event had already misplaced 5 players – Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals), Liam Livingstone (RR), Kane Richardson (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Adam Zampa (RCB) and Ravichandran Ashwin (DC) – who left the IPL bio-bubble citing private causes.

Several prime worldwide cricketers will now be scrambling to return home after the postponement of the world’s greatest T20 league.

“We have been working on their travel plans in consultation with their respective boards so that each of them reach home safely,” the BCCI official stated requesting anonymity.

“Some of them will return home tomorrow.”

IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel stated the league would facilitate a easy passage for all of the foreigners. “Franchises will make their arrangement to send them back. We will extend whatever help is required,” Patel advised Reuters.

His assurance however, current journey restrictions make it an advanced course of for a lot of, particularly the 40-odd Australian contingent, together with 14 players, in India.


Australia has banned travellers from India, together with its personal residents, from getting into the nation till May 15.

Cricket Australia couldn’t deliver excellent news for the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner in a press release with the Australian Cricketers’ Association.

“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,” it stated.

The Australian board stated it was “in direct contact” with the BCCI “to ensure the safe accommodation and repatriation of Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators back home to Australia”.

Some studies advised that a couple of of the Australian contingent may head to the Maldives and wait there till they get the go-ahead to return home.


Hyderabad participant and Australia opener David Warner shared on his Instagram web page a sketch of his household by his daughter with the message: “Please daddy come home straight away. We miss you a lot and love you.”

Former take a look at participant and commentator Michael Slater, stranded within the Maldives, had earlier criticised the ban on arrivals from India, saying Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has “blood” on his fingers.

Returning may even not be easy for England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, who leads IPL’s Kolkata franchise, and 10 of his compatriots.

Britain added India to its journey “red-list” final month, which implies the English contingent may have to quarantine for 10 days in a lodge.

The England and Wales Board (ECB) stated it was in contact with the English contingent “as arrangements are put in place for them to return home safely.

“The ECB …thanks the BCCI for its dedication to do every thing in its powers to prepare for the safe and protected passage of all these participating within the competitors,” an ECB spokesperson said.

The South African cricket board said it was making arrangements to bring back its players and support staff from India.

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