Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batting coach Michael Hussey has tested positive for COVID-19. The Aussie is the second from CSK’s coaching staff to contract the virus. On Tuesday, three members of the CSK contingent had tested positive for the virus including bowling coach L Balaji.
With Australian players, support staff, and commentators contemplating to head to the Maldives due to travel ban on flights from India to Australia, problems might intensify for Hussey. He will have to be in isolation while undergoing treatment and his return home with the rest of his Australian counter-parts will be delayed.
IPL 2021 suspended indefinitely
The Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) has been officially suspended. The vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Rajeev Shukla as well as the IPL in a statement confirmed the same. The number of COVID-19 cases in the IPL bio-bubbles has been increasing ever since yesterday and now, the BCCI has had no option but to put a stop to the tournament.
The IPL released a statement saying, “The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect. The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.”
“These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times. The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021,” they added.