Eight of 11 English players featuring in the IPL are BACK in UKMay 5, 2021
Eight English IPL stars land back in London to begin 10-day quarantine at hotels after securing places on a rare direct flight from India… but World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan and two others remain after tournament’s suspension
- Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali and Sam and Tom Curran are all back in the UK
- Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan are however yet to leave India
- Players are leaving India after the IPL was suspended on Tuesday, with coronavirus surging through the population
- Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha returned a positive test on Tuesday, prompting all fixtures to be suspended with immediate effect
Eight of England’s 11 Indian Premier League players returned to Heathrow this morning and are beginning a 10-day hotel quarantine, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.
World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan have yet to leave India following the tournament’s postponement on Tuesday but are expected back by the end of the week.
As soon as the competition was suspended, with coronavirus surging through the population and three separate franchises reporting positive cases inside their bubbles, there was a scramble to access flights back to London.
Jos Buttler was among the eight English players to return to the UK from India this morning
But World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan (L) and Dawid Malan (R) remain in India for now
English bowler Chris Woakes is back in the UK after the IPL’s suspension on Tuesday
India was added to the UK Government’s ‘red list’ of countries on April 23.
This means any British nationals or those with residence rights arriving in the UK from India must quarantine for 10 days in an approved hotel upon arrival. They must take a Covid-19 test on days two and eight.
Other countries also on the ‘red list’ include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates
Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali and Sam and Tom Curran were all successful in securing bookings.
In contrast to the England players, Australia’s contingent of more than 30 are heading for the Maldives where they are set to remain for 14 days following their own government’s refusal to allow their own citizens to enter the country’s borders within a fortnight of being in India.
It is understood they will then have to quarantine for a further 14 days upon arrival once given the green light to return home.
The IPL was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday after a third team was affected by a Covid-19 outbreak.
Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha returned a positive test on Tuesday, prompting all fixtures to be suspended with immediate effect.
They are the third team to be affected in the space of a few days after the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Chennai Super Kings.
With the Covid bio-bubble now breached in both Ahmedabad and Delhi, two of the venues hosting the Twenty20 tournament, the organisers took the decision to suspend matches.
It comes as India struggles to cope with the Covid-19 crisis as cases soared past 20 million and deaths approached 220,000 with the health system on the verge of collapse.
Chris Jordan is the third English player who remains in India following the IPL’s suspension
Wriddhiman Saha of Sunrisers Hyderabad is the latest IPL player to test positive for Covid-19
Saha, 36, returned a positive test on Tuesday ahead of the Sunrisers’ match against the Mumbai Indians at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
It follows the postponement of Monday’s game between the Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad after two Knight Riders players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive.
They are believed to have been exposed to the virus, which is rampant across India, after leaving the bio-secure bubble to go to hospital for injury scans through the IPL’s ‘green channel’.
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