IPL 2021 – Charter flight home for Australians


Nick Hockley, the Cricket Australia chief executive, has said there are currently no plans for a charter flight to get Australians – players and others – involved in the IPL back home at the end of the tournament.

Hockley, speaking to SEN Radio, mentioned that the players in India “are generally in good spirits” despite the huge surge in Covid-19 cases, but his comments had come well before news that two cricketers – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – of the Kolkata Knight Riders had tested positive for the virus. The Knight Riders contingent has Pat Cummins and Ben Cutting among their players, while David Hussey is a team mentor.

Last week, the Australian government had suspended passenger flights from India – and the use of connecting flights – until at least May 15 because of the increase of Covid-19 cases in hotel quarantine that are originating from India. The government tightened restrictions to the extent that it is now a criminal offence with the potential of jail time for anyone – including Australian citizens – to arrive from India within this period.