Oz cricket bodies to help players return from IPL

Sydney: Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) said they would coordinate with the Australian government which has decided to suspend direct flights from India till May 15 owing to a massive surge in Covid-19 cases in India.

As many as 30 Australians are part of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) in India, and some of them want to return home.

Royal Challengers Bangalore duo Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson flew out from Mumbai. They have decided to return home via Doha, like their Aussie teammate Andrew Tye did a couple of days ago. There are still 14 Aussie players left in the IPL, besides members of the franchises’ coaching staff, like Ricky Ponting, David Hussey and Simon Katich, as well as commentators like Brett Lee and Michael Slater.

CA and ACA said they are in regular touch with the Aussie players, coaches, match officials, and commentators who are currently associated with the IPL.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison had earlier said that since the players are privately visiting India for the IPL they would have to ensure their return.

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