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Michael Hussey returns positive again for COVID-19

May 11, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Michael Hussey has once again tested positive and is likely to remain in Chennai. The former Australian cricketer tested negative on Saturday and was recovering well from the disease. However, with the second test coming positive again, he will have to stay back in India for a few more days. Once he tests negative, Hussey can join other Australians in the Maldives. The Australian great contracted the novel virus two days after two CSK members tested positive. L Balaji and a support staff member of the CSK contingent tested positive on May 2. In the wake of several players and support staff testing positive for COVID-19, the 14th season of the IPL was postponed for the time being by the BCCI.

Most of the 38-member Australian contingent who had participated in the IPL 2021 are currently in the Maldives and are waiting for government clearance on the travel ban on May 15. On the other hand, Mike Hussey remained in India after testing positive for the dreaded virus. The BCCI had arranged a charter flight to the Maldives for all the Australian cricketers, coaches, umpires, commentators to the island nation after IPL 2021 was postponed. Three players, including Adam Zampa, returned home after withdrawing from IPL 2021 before the travel ban was declared.

Mike Hussey remains in isolation

On the other hand, 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 are undergoing Isolation for 10 days in government-approved facilities.

Michael Hussey, after testing positive for COVID-19, was airlifted to Chennai on May 6. However, the former still continues to remain in Isolation. According to the BCCI rules, a member needs to return two consecutive negative tests to leave the Isolation. Hussey is presently at the COVID-19 facility in Chennai along with New Zealand player Tim Siefert of Kolkata Knight Riders. Meanwhile, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the remaining games of the IPL will not be conducted in India. The former Indian captain also added that it is too soon to find a space to finish the tournament. A total of 29 IPL 2021 matches were completed before the Indian cricket board decided to suspend the league.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh