According to Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanathan, batting coach Michael Hussey has tested negative for COVID-19 and is only one more negative test away from being cleared to travel to the Maldives where the rest of the Australian contingent is staying till the time the travel on Indian flights to Australia is lifted.
The former Australian batsman had tested positive for the virus just a day after the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021). It is noteworthy that bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji had also tested positive the day before. Following the same, Hussey was shifted from Delhi to Chennai for treatment and in a period of one week, the Aussie has tested negative.
Despite the same, Hussey won’t be able to travel to Australia because of a travel ban which is in place in the country until at least May 15. This led to the whole Australian contingent moving to the Maldives where they are put up till the time the government clears them for travel.
Michal Hussey thanks CSK for taking good care of him
CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan spoke to PTI about Michael Hussey’s negative test and said, “He tested negative before getting on an air ambulance from Delhi to Chennai (on Thursday). He is doing fine. All other overseas personnel have left, head coach Stephen Fleming will be flying out tomorrow.” He further confirmed that if Hussey returns another negative test, he will be cleared to travel.
Further, Michael Hussey spoke to Sydney Morning Herald about how CSK have taken good care of him saying, “I’m resting well and I’m feeling stronger. I’m hugely appreciative of what CSK have already done and are doing for me. It’s horrific what’s taking place in India at the moment with the pandemic and I’ve been blessed with the great support I have received. I’m grateful for all the messages of support from cricket fans in India and Australia.”
Michael Hussey now awaits the results of a subsequent test after which he will join his Aussie mates in Maldives.