The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are conversating with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian Premier League (IPL) officials regarding the return of the stranded English players after the cancellation of the IPL 2021. ECB are liaising with the United Kingdom government as well.
About 11 players are in India who took part in the IPL. After the suspension of the league, the players are left stranded in the country. The BCCI is working on the safety of the overseas players who cannot return home immediately due to the government rules amidst the pandemic.
The players left inside the bubble need to return negative test and wait for four days before their travel back to the UK. Even after the test negative, they will meet obstacles on their way back home. According to government rules in the UK, the players need to serve 10 days of quarantine upon arrival. But the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are not accepting any flights from India.
ECB-BCCI In Discussion Over Return of English Players Back Home
While the ECB are not laying on the charter flight service, the players may be advised to stop over in the “green list” countries before travelling back home. The names of the “green list” countries will be announced soon. The ECB will make a statement regarding their transit on Tuesday.
As the IPL 2021 is suspended until further notice, the English players will be available for the county. Some of the players like Jos Buttler will miss out on the Test series against New Zealand as they may serve the mandatory quarantine. Eoin Morgan, Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali and Sam Billings are the in India.
Apart from the English players, so many Australians and South Africans are stranded in India after the suspension of the IPL 2021.