While the Indian Premier League (IPL) had to be suspended midway owing to the emergence of several cases of Coronavirus inside bio-secure bubbles, some of the overseas players were stuck with nowhere to go. Among them were the Australian cricketers since the Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison had already announced a ban on passenger flights from India and declared that no exception will be made for the cricketers.
However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which had already promised the participating players and support staff a safe passage home, ensured that the Australian contingent, except Mike Hussey who tested positive for COVID-19, reached Australia via Maldives. While most of these players landed in their home country on Monday, they will be undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine before they can join their respective families.
But the big question remained who is paying for their stay in this forced quarantine setup.
BCCI have been fantastic, they have delivered the promise of a safe passage back home: Hockley
Cricket Australia Interim CEO Nick Hockley finally confirmed on Tuesday that it is in fact the BCCI who is paying for the quarantine of Australian IPL players in Sydney.
“Yes,” Hockley told ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ when quizzed if the BCCI was paying for the mandatory quarantine.
“BCCI at the outset committed to ensuring that they got home safely and as quickly as possible. We’ve been working closely with them. They have been fantastic. They have delivered on that promise,” he added.