IPL 2021: Australian cricketers finally arrive Sydney after COVID-19 crisis
Many of the players were left stuck due to ban on flights in India after the IPL.
Thirty-eight Australians — including the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, and Ricky Ponting — reached Australia on Monday morning having escaped COVID- struck India following the Indian Premier League’s postponement.
The group arrived back in Australia via Kuala Lumpur on an Air Seychelles flight after a two-week stay in the Maldives, where they waited for Australia’s travel ban on passenger flights from India to expire on May 15.
Michael Hussey, the last Australian involved in the IPL who was unable to fly to the Maldives after testing positive for COVID-19, was also set to arrive in Sydney on Monday on a commercial flight via Doha, ESPNCricinfo reported.
All players, coaches, and media will now be sent out to complete a mandatory two weeks in hotel quarantine.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday that the cricketers were not given preferential treatment over other Australians seeking repatriation and that they will not be counted in NSW’s arrival cap.
“The NSW government is happy for them to come in over the cap. That is something we insisted upon and they were happy to agree with that,” he said.
“They’ll come back under their own steam, on their ticket, and they won’t be taking the spot in quarantine of any other Australian who is returning home under the NSW caps.”
Australian players would be relieved to reach their native country as their squad was the last one to leave India.