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IPL 2021: Australian IPL cricketers return home

Published May 17, 2021, 2:08 pm IST | Updated May 17, 2021, 2:08 pm IST

Australia's IPL players, including Pat Cummins and Steve Smith, arrived in Sydney on Monday after a stop-over at Maldives due to travel ban

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Melbourne: Australia's IPL players, including Pat Cummins and Steve Smith, arrived in Sydney on Monday after a stop-over at Maldives due to travel ban from Covid-ravaged India, almost two weeks after the T20 league was suspended due to the health crisis.

Most of the 38 members of the Australian contingent, including players, officials and commentators who participated at the non-suspended league, landed at the Sydney airport this morning after spending 10 days at Maldives.

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Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and David WarnerPat Cummins, Steve Smith and David Warner

The lucrative league was indefinitely suspended on May 5 after four players and two coaches from four different teams tested positive inside the bio-bubble.

Australian players, however, couldn't head home immediately as the country had imposed a travel ban from India, which is battling a deadly second wave of the coronavirus.

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They will all be spending two weeks in a Sydney hotel for the mandatory quarantine.

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According to national broadcaster ABC, Smith, Cummins, batsman David Warner and Ricky Ponting, who coached Delhi Capitals, were among the people on the Air Seychelles flight.

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Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey also headed home on Sunday via Doha after testing negative for Covid-19 on Friday. He had tested positive on May 4 and was brought to Chennai from Delhi in an air ambulance.

ROZANA SPOKESMAN

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