No suggestion now of any charter flight for players in IPL 2021: CA chief Nick Hockley
Chris Lynn recently requested CA to arrange charter flights for players in IPL 2021.
Updated - May 3, 2021 5:53 pm
The IPL 2021 has been hit with different types of challenges as it is moving up amid the terrible second wave of COVID-19 in India. While some players have already pulled out of the tournament, some are in constant fear related to their safe return to their nations. In the latest turn of events, Cricket Australia’s chief Nick Hockley has stated that they have no plans of arranging charter flights for their Australian players playing IPL 2021.
It was only sometimes back that Australia PM stated that no special arrangements will be done for their players in IPL as they are not on any national duty. Australia has also banned flights from India till the 15th of May and it remains to be seen how things will go on further. Hockley also stated that players are feeling safe inside IPL bio-bubble but his comments came before COVID-19 concerns broke out in the Kolkata camp.
Two KKR players namely Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have tested positive for COVID-19 and this is why KKR’s clash against RCB got postponed. Pat Cummins and few other players have also been isolated in the light of two players testing positive. MI’s Chris Lynn recently made a request to Cricket Australia for arranging charter flights for them.
CA working closely with BCCI during IPL 2021 to ensure well being of players
“There’s no suggestion at the moment of any charter flight.”
“We’re working closely and talking closely with the Australian Cricketers’ Association, with the players, and with the BCCI to make sure everyone’s okay and the people have got full information.
“We’ve been in touch with the players there and they are generally in good spirits. The work the BCCI has done around the (bio-secure) bubble means they are feeling safe and secure, and those we’ve talked to are generally planning to complete their playing commitments,” said Hockley as quoted by Melbourne radio station SEN.
On the other hand, BCCI has assured all the overseas players of IPL 2021 that they will make safe travel arrangements for them and the tournament won’t be over till the time everyone reaches back safely.