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Availability of Players yet to discuss by CA for IPL

Cricket Australia’s CEO, Nick Hockley, said it was too early to say whether Australian players would travel to the UAE for the rest of the IPL 2021.

Cricket Australia Nich Hockley

At this point, CA stayed silent, stating that the priority was to reconnect the people who had been quarantined with their families, as well as prepare for the approaching West Indies tour.

“Our players from the IPL only today came out of quarantine, so our first priority is to make sure they are reunited with their families and that they’re safe and well,” said Hockley, CEO of CA.

“We’ve obviously got a tour to prepare for in the West Indies but once they’re out of quarantine and we get back together as a group, that (IPL participation) is something we’ll need to discuss.”

Halted Due To COVID-19

After the IPL was halted due to COVID-19 positive cases within the bubble, Australia’s group-which included cricketers, commentators, medical staff, coaching staff, and officials-was flown to Sri Lanka and the Maldives for the time being, as there was a travel ban from India to Australia until May 15.

“We’ve been texting, and I’ve spoken to a couple of the broader group, not just the players but there’s commentators, match officials and physios. They are clearly quite shaken from the experience, very appreciative to be home back here in Australia.”

The players will now spend almost a fortnight with their families before reuniting for a visit to the Caribbean, where they will play a series of limited overs matches against the West Indies.

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