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IPl 2021: Cricket Australia in a bind after saying no to special flight for IPL players


Cricket Australia (CA) isn’t considering of bringing its players that includes in the Indian Premier League (IPL) again house on a chartered flight in the intervening time though this might change after the IPL bio-bubble was hit by Covid-19 instances on Monday.

Both CA and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that they’re in contact with their players with the ECB including that the choice to proceed taking part in IPL rests with the players.

“There’s no suggestion at the moment of any charter flight,” Nick Hockley, the interim chief govt officer of Cricket Australia, was quoted as saying on SEN Radio on Monday.

“We’re working closely and talking closely with the ACA (Australian Cricketers’ Association), with the players and with the BCCI to make sure everyone’s okay and the people have got full information,” he added.

Hockley confirmed that the players had been in good spirits though his view got here earlier than two players of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) examined optimistic main to the postponement of Monday evening’s match between Kolkata, Bengaluru franchises.

“We’ve been in touch with the players there and they are generally in good spirits,” he added.

“The work the BCCI has done around the [bio-] bubble means they are feeling safe and secure, and those we’ve talked to are generally planning to complete their playing commitments.”

These views may be revisited after the spinner Varun Chakravarthy and fast bowler Sandeep Warrier tested positive in the KKR camp and had been remoted following Hockley’s feedback. Aussie tempo bowler Pat Cummins is a part of KKR whereas CSK, the opposite franchise affected, options one other Aussie pacer Jason Behrendorff.

Hockley was reacting to Mumbai Indians (MI) opener Chris Lynn’s calls for. Lynn had earlier requested CA to prepare for a flight to carry IPL players again house because the cricket board takes 10% of a participant’s contract.

“I texted back that as Cricket Australia make 10 per cent of every IPL contract, was there a chance we could spend that money this year on a charter flight once the tournament is over?” Lynn had informed News Corp media.

However, former Australia captain Mark Taylor disagreed with Lynn’s views saying on a Channel 9 sports activities present,
“I think Chris Lynn’s comments were very rich. The 10% that Cricket Australia does receive from a player’s contract has surely got something with providing the cricketer with some coaching education along the way to become an IPL worthy cricketer. I think his comments there are quite rich.”

An ECB spokesperson stated that the cricket board has left the choice to take part in IPL with the players.

“We continue to monitor and communicate with our players and staff currently in India. In terms of continued participation, it will be a decision that will be taken by each individual,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by an ESPNcricinfo.

England too have players in the franchises which were affected with Moeen Ali and Sam Curran in CSK and Eoin Morgan in KKR.



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