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With their nation shut for all these flying from India, the now-suspended IPL’s Australian contingent, comprising gamers, help employees and commentators, is anticipated to move to Maldives earlier than taking a connecting flight for residence. The IPL was “indefinitely suspended” on Tuesday after a number of circumstances of COVID-19 emerged from Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, SunRisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings. There are 14 Australian gamers together with coaches and commentators who may now take a detour because the Australian authorities has imposed strict sanctions for folks coming back from India.

“A mass exodus of Australian players, coaches and support staff to the Maldives is the expected remedy to a dilemma created by the postponement of the 2021 IPL and the current closure of the Australian border to citizens currently in India during its rampant COVID-19 outbreak,” ESPNcricinfo reported.

“There are close to 40 Australians in the IPL bubble comprising players, coaching staff and commentators,” it added.

“The likes of Pat Cummins, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Ricky Ponting, Simon Katich and company are expected to join commentator Michael Slater, who had already headed to the Maldives as a temporary post…”

Premier pacer Pat Cummins, who’s contracted with KKR, referred to as the scenario unprecedented.

“Once we flew out of Australia we knew we’d signed up for 14 days quarantine coming home so you feel a bit further from getting home, but when the hard border shut no one has ever experienced that before,” Pat Cummins informed The Back Page on Fox Sports.


“(It has) added a bit of anxiety for the Aussies over here but we signed up to play the tournament until the start of June so hopefully it all reopens on May 15 and we can get back,” Cummins added.

“Cricket Australia have been brilliant along with the ACA, they are working closely with the government to get the latest information, if we can’t get home it won’t be for lack of trying from all those involved.”

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