With the 14th version of the Indian Premier League postponed, Cricket Australia’s interim Chief Executive Officer Nick Hockley has mentioned that each association is being made to repatriate the Australian contingent as quickly as potential.
Hockley went on so as to add that Sri Lanka and the Maldives are the 2 locations which were zeroed in on for the Australian contingent to move to from India earlier than they return residence since direct flights from India to Australia have been stopped with a watch on the second COVID-19 wave.
“We’re engaged on preparations to repatriate all of the gamers, the assist employees, umpires, commentators as rapidly and as safely as potential. What we’re working to do and what the BCCI are working to do, they usually’ve been extremely cooperative, is working to move your entire cohort out of India.
“So the BCCI has been working on a range of options. That’s now narrowed down to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The BCCI are working through the final details of that at the moment and we expect that movement will happen in the next two to three days,” he informed reporters on Wednesday.
Hockley went on to reward the BCCI and the Indian board’s effort to get the Australian gamers again to their houses. “I would say the BCCI have been absolutely fantastic. So they’re committed to not only the first movement to either the Maldives or Sri Lanka but they’re also then committed to putting on a charter to bring them back to Australia,” he mentioned.
Asked if Cricket Australia regrets letting the gamers go for this 12 months’s IPL, Hockley mentioned: “No, I do not assume so. I imply, our hearts exit to everybody in India. Clearly, I imply, I believe the IPL, you realize, put a lot work, a lot effort into placing on the event. They clearly did that on one of the best out there info on the time they usually’ve come to the choice during the last 24 hours that it is in everybody’s — effectively, within the pursuits of the well being and security of everybody to droop the event indefinitely.
“At the moment — I was on the phone to my counterpart less than an hour ago and I can’t speak more highly for how the BCCI but also all of the franchises have worked to look after our players and put in plans to make sure that they get home safely and as quickly as possible.”
Asked if Hockley thinks there will be animosity if the gamers get to fly residence in a constitution, he mentioned: “The BCCI are setting up the very best preparations. We’re not looking for any form of particular exemptions in any respect. We will — any form of quarantine preparations could be over and above the cap. So our most important precedence is we’d work with the Australian Government and the related state governments to be sure that we’re not taking areas of anybody else that is out there.
“So, you know, certainly that’s what we’re committed to do. I’d also add to that, that the last 12 months around the globe, we’ve seen all professional athletes travel differently and charter flights maybe two years ago would have seen a different type of commentary than what we would see today. The reality is we’re going to try to keep them as safe as possible and if that’s available to it, I don’t think we should shy away from that.”