11 England players who played for various franchises in IPL 2021 are expected to stay for a week more in India after their travel plans are not yet sorted. The England Cricket Board is in constant touch with the BCCI to chalk out plans for the return of their plays back to the UK from India. Meanwhile, the ECB confirmed on Tuesday that it would not be arranging charter flights to assist players’ return, leaving the onus on the BCCI and individual IPL franchises to work out the logistics and ensure safe travel out of India.
The ECB came out with a statement on how are they preparing to help their players return back from India. While the BCCI has iterated that it will find a way to ensure that every foreign recruit returns safely to their respective countries, the pathway to return isnt that easy with travel restrictions in place in various countries for passengers from India.
No Travel Plans As of Now For England Players
“Following this morning’s postponement of the Indian Premier League, we are in close contact with our players and staff in India as arrangements are put in place for them to return home safely,” the ECB said on Tuesday.
“The ECB understands the decision to postpone the competition for the safety and wellbeing of those involved, and thanks the BCCI for its commitment to do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all those taking part in the competition.” the statement added.
In the case of English players- Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Eoin Morgan, Chris Jordan, and Dawid Malan- who are currently in Ahmedabad, they will have to endure a nightmarish 16-hour trip to the national capital Delhi to board the return flight.
Also, the English players will have to go through mandatory 10-day isolation in a nearby hotel close to the airport after reaching the UK as India is currently on the Government’s ‘red list’ of countries due to the ongoing second wave.