Cricket Australia Chief Nick Hockley has asserted that there are no plans of sending chartered flights for Australian players playing in the IPL at the moment, once the IPL is over. The debate has gathered momentum once again after two players from the KKR camp was reported to be COVID positive which saw the KKR vs RCB game being postponed. Meanwhile, everything was fine with Aussie pacer Pat Cummins who is a part of the KKR outfit as said by the pacer himself.
Nick Hockley insisted that Australian players are feeling safe and secure in the IPL bio-bubble but his comments came before it emerged that two KKR players have tested positive for the dreaded virus, leading to the postponement of the franchise’s game against RCB on Monday.
“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. Hockley told Melbourne radio station SEN.
The Cricket Australia Chief further said that they are monitoring the situation and a decision will be made but not immediately.
Will Monitor Situation Along With BCCI: Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia Chief
“The BCCI have come out and said they understand and want to support the players in making sure they get home safely at the end. The tournament doesn’t finish until the 30th of May, so for the moment it’s monitor the situation and as we get closer to the end of the tournament we’ll need to see where the situation is at,” he said.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians batsman Chris Lynn had recently requested Cricket Australia to arrange for a charter flight for Australia players after the tournament concludes on May 30.
Meanwhile, reports of COVID positive cases in the KKR and CSK camp has put the league into jeopardy. While a few Australian players have already left the tournament midway, Michael Slater’s move to leave the bio-bubble midway and go to Maldives have made many remaining players follow the same path as well.
Meanwhile, the rescheduled date of the KKR vs RCB is yet to be announced by the BCCI. However, this development could lead to more re-jigging of the schedule. With KKR set to play another game on May 8 (vs Delhi Capitals in Ahemdabad), it is likely that this game too will be rescheduled.