Hours after the profitable cricket league was suspended on Tuesday as a result of of India’s Covid-19 disaster, the English members of the Delhi Capitals squad rushed to Delhi from Ahmedabad to catch a flight to Heathrow.
Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Jason Roy and Curran brothers Sam and Tom landed on Wednesday morning, an England spokesman informed Reuters.
“They will now quarantine in government-approved hotels,” he mentioned.
England’s restricted-overs captain Eoin Morgan, batsman Dawid Malan and all-rounder Chris Jordan would depart India in the following 48 hours, he added.
The 38-sturdy contingent of Australian players, coaches, umpires and media pundits could have to wait longer, although, to get dwelling, in the face of a ban on arrivals from India till at the least May 15.
Cricket Australia mentioned there was a plan to get them out of the pandemic-ravaged nation by chartered flight “in the next two or three days”.
“What the BCCI are working to do is to move the entire cohort out of India where they will wait until it’s possible to return to Australia,” CA interim Chief Executive Nick Hockley informed reporters in Sydney.
“That’s now narrowed down to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The BCCI are committed not only to the first move, but also to putting on a charter to bring them back to Australia.”
The CA official refused to speculate if the league might resume this yr.
“I think it’s premature to speculate on that,” he mentioned. “At the moment, the BCCI are very focused on getting all the players, not just the Australians, home safe.”
Chennai Super Kings’ Australian batting coach Mike Hussey, who has examined constructive for Covid-19, will keep again to full his quarantine interval in India.
Players’ union boss Todd Greenberg mentioned the cricketers have been beneath an “enormous amount of stress” in India.
“The public will see our best Australian cricketers as almost superheroes … but they are human beings,” the chief government of the Australian Cricketers’ Association mentioned.
India’s coronavirus deaths rose by a document 3,780 over the last 24 hours, a day after it grew to become the second nation to cross 20 million infections, after the United states.
While the Indian cricket board (BCCI) has promised protected passage for the players and officers, New Zealand Cricket mentioned all of their players have been isolating in group resorts in India.
An NZC spokesman mentioned captain Kane Williamson and several other of his group-mates had already been booked to be a part of relaxation of the take a look at aspect in England subsequent month.
“We haven’t got the finer details of that sorted yet. We’re working now with the ECB (English cricket board) and BCCI to arrange flights to get them over to England,” the spokesman mentioned.
New Zealand players’ union boss Heath Mills mentioned the cricketers have been “pretty anxious now and pretty keen to come home”.
“They are working with their IPL franchises and some franchises have been good at assisting and others haven’t,” Mills informed media.