Stranded Australian cricketers to flee India’s Covid crisis via Maldives or Sri Lanka

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Cricketers stranded in India following the IPL suspension will return to Australia on a charter flight after waiting in Sri Lanka or the Maldives for the government’s controversial travel ban to be lifted.

Cricket Australia and the players’ union said on Wednesday they were working on arrangements to repatriate the group of 38 players, coaches and staff who remain in India as quickly and safely as possible.

“What we and the BCCI are working to do is move the entire cohort out of India, where they will then wait until it is possible to return to Australia,” said Nick Hockley, CEO of CA.

“BCCI has worked on a range of options. This is now limited to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. BCCI is currently working on the final details on this and we expect this move to happen in the next two to three days.

Coach Mike Hussey, who has tested positive for the virus, will have to stay in India to see his period of isolation in a hotel room.

“He’s in a good mood,” said Australian Cricket Association boss Todd Greenberg. “Her symptoms are relatively mild. He is in isolation in his hotel room for about 10 days. He has good support systems around him. He is rather in a good mood.

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