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IPL 2021: ACA chief says Australian players committed to fulfilling tournament duties despite COVID-19 scare

IPL 2021: ACA chief says Australian gamers dedicated to fulfilling event duties regardless of COVID-19 scare

Melbourne: The vast majority of the Australian cricketers presently within the IPL wish to fulfil their commitments with their respective franchises even after the event’s bio-bubble was breached with two gamers testing optimistic for COVID-19, the pinnacle of the nation’s gamers’ union (ACA) mentioned on Tuesday.

File image of Pat Cummins. Sportzpics

File picture of Pat Cummins. Sportzpics

Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier examined optimistic for the dreaded virus, forcing postponement of their sport in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. The match between Chennai Tremendous Kings and Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday has additionally been postponed after CSK bowling coach L Balaji returned optimistic.

However, Australian Cricketers Affiliation (ACA) chief govt Todd Greenberg mentioned the gamers of his nation haven’t any plans to depart the IPL as they’ve gone to India with their “eyes large open.” He, nevertheless, mentioned “concern” is rising over plans to get them residence on the finish of the event.

“I feel the bulk are ready to fulfil their commitments, they went in with their eyes large open,” he mentioned on Radio 2GB.

“They do wish to see the event completed, however additionally they clearly wish to come residence on the finish, and that is the place the priority comes, as a result of there’s simply not a definitive plan on how that is going to occur in the intervening time.”

Greenberg mentioned Australian gamers within the KKR squad, Pat Cummins and Ben Slicing are doing “advantageous” and “comparatively protected” whereas beneath quarantine.

He mentioned he’s hoping no extra COVID-19 optimistic circumstances come out within the IPL.

“You need to be a realist to grasp as soon as it breaks into one in every of these bubbles that we may even see extra, however let’s hope we do not. We’re maintaining an in depth eye on it,” he mentioned.

“I feel the BCCI have accomplished a extremely good job, rapidly, to try to isolate as finest they’ll, however we have seen extra circumstances reported within the final two weeks globally for COVID than the final six months, so clearly on the opposite aspect of the world there’s some actual issues.”

Three Australian gamers have already returned residence, whereas commentator Michael Slater is now within the Maldives, unable to return to his nation after the suspension of flights from India till not less than 15 Might due to the large COVID-19 surge there.

India is presently recording over three lakh circumstances on a regular basis and greater than 3,000 each day deaths.

Greater than 30 Australians stay on the event, together with gamers, commentators and assist workers.

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Updated: May 4, 2021 — 6:51 am

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