Hours after the profitable cricket league was suspended on Tuesday due to 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 instructed Reuters.
“They’ll now quarantine in government-approved resorts,” he mentioned.
England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan, batsman Dawid Malan and all-rounder Chris Jordan would go away India within the subsequent 48 hours, he added.
The 38-strong contingent of Australian gamers, coaches, umpires and media pundits must wait longer, although, to get house, within the face of a ban on arrivals from India till no less than Might 15.
Cricket Australia mentioned there was a plan to get them out of the pandemic-ravaged nation by chartered flight “within the subsequent two or three days”.
“What the BCCI are working to do is to maneuver the whole cohort out of India the place they may wait till it is doable to return to Australia,” CA interim Chief Government Nick Hockley instructed reporters in Sydney.
“That is now narrowed all the way down to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The BCCI are dedicated not solely to the primary transfer, but in addition to placing on a constitution to convey them again to Australia.”
The CA official refused to invest if the league might resume this 12 months.
“I believe it is untimely to invest on that,” he mentioned. “In the mean time, the BCCI are very centered on getting all of the gamers, not simply the Australians, house secure.”
Chennai Tremendous Kings’ Australian batting coach Mike Hussey, who has examined constructive for Covid-19, will keep again to finish his quarantine interval in India.
Gamers’ union boss Todd Greenberg mentioned the cricketers had been below an “monumental quantity of stress” in India.
“The general public will see our greatest Australian cricketers as virtually superheroes … however they’re human beings,” the chief government of the Australian Cricketers’ Affiliation mentioned.
India’s coronavirus deaths rose by a report 3,780 over the past 24 hours, a day after it turned the second nation to cross 20 million infections, after the Usa.
Whereas the Indian cricket board (BCCI) has promised secure passage for the gamers and officers, New Zealand Cricket mentioned all of their gamers had been isolating in group resorts in India.
An NZC spokesman mentioned captain Kane Williamson and a number of other of his team-mates had already been booked to hitch remainder of the check aspect in England subsequent month.
“We haven’t obtained the finer particulars of that sorted but. We’re working now with the ECB (English cricket board) and BCCI to rearrange flights to get them over to England,” the spokesman mentioned.
New Zealand gamers’ union boss Heath Mills mentioned the cricketers had been “fairly anxious now and fairly eager to return house”.
“They’re working with their IPL franchises and a few franchises have been good at aiding and others haven’t,” Mills instructed media.