Sunday, November 28, 2021

IPL 2021: Warner is happy to be home as Australian players leave quarantine


SYDNEY: The Australian contingent – part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 – was released from quarantine in Sydney on Monday after the end of 14 days of isolation.

Forty members of the Australian contingent stranded in the Maldives traveled home on May 17 and were quarantined at the hotel under the COVID-19 protocols.

The contingent, which includes people like Pat Cummins, David Warner, Steve Smith and Michael Slater, had traveled to Australia on a BCCI charter flight.

Former SunRiser’s Hyderabad (SRH) skipper David Warner’s wife posted videos on her Instagram stories as the Australian opener reunites with the family.

“It’s great to be home @ candywarner1,” Warner wrote in his Instagram story.

Following their arrival in Australia, then-Cricket Australia (CA) interim CEO Nick Hockley had confirmed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was funding the quarantine of Australian IPL cricketers in Sydney.

Meanwhile, BCCI announced on Saturday that they will end the remaining matches of the IPL 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, Australian pacer Pat Cummins would not be on his way to the United Arab Emirates to take part in the remaining matches for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

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According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, Cummins has already made it clear that he would not participate in the remaining matches of the IPL, but there is no reason behind his decision.

“David Warner and Pat Cummins could be rested from the Caribbean for family reasons – others could follow after a drained year in several bubbles – and Cummins has already said despite a multi-million dollar IPL contract that he will not return to T20- the tournament this season, ”the report stated.

Earlier, Ashley Giles, chief executive of the English men’s team, had said that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) did not plan to change the team’s timetable for the end of the IPL.


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