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The newly imposed travel ban by the Maldives has left the CSK anxious

May 13, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

The Maldives has banned travellers from the South Asian nations in order to combat the rise in the Covid-19 cases. In an official statement, it was notified that the restrictions are only applicable to travellers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The indefinite travel ban directly affects Australia’s IPL squad, which is still residing in the island country. The newly enforced ban by the Maldives has left the Chennai Super Kings anxious. The franchise will now be concerned as the team’s batting coach, Michael Hussey, has once again tested positive. He is likely to remain in Chennai. 

The 38-member Australian contingent is currently in the Maldives

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 was to join other Australians in the Maldives. Unfortunately, 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. They 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.

Meanwhile, the Indian cricket board is trying all possible options to carry out the remainder of the tournament. If the tournament is not held this year, then the board is likely to face a loss of 2500 Crores. With such a packed schedule this year, it remains unlikely that all the players will be available for the remaining games of the IPL. 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