Eight out of eleven England players who were a part of the IPL 2021 have safely returned back to the United Kingdom. The 14th IPL season had to be suspended due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in the bubble. The remaining three cricketers Eoin Morgan, Chris Jordan, and Dawid Malan will also head back home in the next 48 hours. The Indian cricket board has clearly stated that they will look to create a safe and secure passage for each and every player to reach home to their loved ones.
Delhi Capitals' Chris Woakes, Tom Curran and Sam Billings, Sunrisers Hyderabad's Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy, Chennai Super Kings' Sam Curran and Moeen Ali, and Rajasthan Royals' Jos Buttler are the eight English players who have safely reached home. All these eight players will now have to undergo isolation for 10 days in government-approved facilities. The three players left behind are expected to fly out of India tomorrow. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Liam Livingstone had pulled out from IPL 2021 on April 20, citing bubble fatigue.
The Australian contingent will have to wait longer to get back home
Talking about the 38 contingent of Australian players, coaches, and Umpires, they will have to wait longer to get home. The Australian government has banned all flights from India until at least May 15. Three players, including Adam Zampa, returned home after withdrawing from IPL 2021 before the travel ban was declared. The likes of Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting, Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Simon Katich and commentators like Brett Lee are still in India with other 14 Australian players.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has also announced an initial donation of USD 50,000 towards the increasing Covid-19 cases in India. The cricket board has appealed to other Australians everywhere to give generously at this critical time. The money donated by Cricket Australia is going to be used to procure oxygen for seriously ill patients. Furthermore, it will provide testing equipment in affected regions, and support the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines. Along with the Australian Cricketers' Association, CA is also partnering with UNICEF Australia to accumulate funds for the COVID-19 Crisis. Former Australian pacer Brett Lee has also donated 1 Bitcoin (Rs. 40 lakhs, approximately) to the Crypto Relief Fund.