The 11 players from England’s Indian Premier League have started returning home, according to the PA news agency.
The tournament was postponed indefinitely on Tuesday morning due to the current coronavirus crisis in the country, with the lucrative Twenty20 competition previously taking place against the grim backdrop of a public health emergency.
Daily infection rates in India recently exceeded 400,000 and massive oxygen shortages were reported before the IPL was finally suspended after positive cases in three of the eight franchises were recorded to show bubbles bio-secure players are no longer secure.
The majority of England players involved in the tournament are expected to return home on Tuesday evening and once they arrive on British shores they can expect a mandatory 10-day quarantine at a government-approved hotel due to the status of the India as a “red list. ‘country.
As organizers tried to position the IPL as a potential source of relief and entertainment for a cricket-loving population in the throes of a hard lockdown, he was suspended with just over half of his scheduled 60 games completed. .
With teams isolated, matches postponed and confidence in the environment declining, the league’s general council voted unanimously to call for a halt, with attention shifting instead to seeing participants leave. timely and safe.
Anxiety was growing within the English contingent, led by limited command captain Eoin Morgan, although the England and Wales Cricket Board was available to provide day-to-day support and advice.
Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Sam Billings, Jason Roy, Tom and Sam Curran made up the other 10 English players still present at the tournament after the participation of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer was reduced by injuries. .
Morgan (Kolkata Knight Riders), Bairstow and Roy (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Moeen Ali and Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings) were all in franchises which had positive cases at the camp and earlier on Tuesday the ECB thanked the control board cricket in India. , who had taken the lead in repatriation.
A spokesperson said: “Following the postponement (Tuesday) morning of the Indian Premier League, we are in close contact with our players and staff in India as arrangements are made for them to return home in completely safe.
“The ECB understands the BCCI’s decision to postpone the competition for the safety and well-being of those involved, and thanks the BCCI for its commitment to do everything in its power to ensure the safe passage of all those who participate in the competition.
“Our thoughts are with the Indian people in these difficult times.”
A statement had been released by the IPL a few hours earlier, saying: “The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of players, support staff and other participants involved in the organization of the IPL. This decision was made with the safety, health and well-being of all stakeholders in mind.
“These are tough times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring some positivity and joy, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone returns to their families and loved ones. in these difficult times.
“The BCCI will do everything in its power to ensure the safe and secure passage of all participants in IPL 2021.”
It remains to be seen when or if this year’s IPL will be over, with the crowded world calendar offering some valuable gaps, and the Twenty20 World Cup scheduled for India – slated for October – is now in serious doubt.
The International Cricket Council has previously confirmed that backup plans for the tournament are in place, with the UAE being the preferred replacement, and the IPL’s early conclusion suggests they may now be stepped up.