Australian star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said he and other cricketers in his country would have no trouble flying to the UK in a special flight that will take players from India, New Zealand and England after the Indian Premier League (IPL). A senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) admitted that this option could be considered after looking at international travel guidelines in the last week of May. All commercial flights from India to Australia have been discontinued due to the rise of Covid-19 cases in India.
Maxwell told ‘The Final Word Podcast’, ‘We only want to find a way to get home. The BCCI and both governments can work to find a solution. If we wait a little, it can happen but at some point the path back home should be clear. He said, ‘India and England need to play the series in England. If the situation turns from bad to worse, we will have to wait in England and fly out of India by special flights. I’m confident most players will agree.
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The final of the World Test Championship will be played between India and New Zealand from June 18 and they will have to travel to England after the IPL. England players can return home by the same flight. BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said the option could be considered as the board is considering several options for safe return of foreign players.
Dhumal said, “The option of traveling to Australia from Australia to England can be considered. There are many options and BCCI will definitely try to choose the safest option without compromising the health and safety of the players. Maxwell said that after the IPL is over, the biological safe environment (bio-bubble) will end and they will want to return home via a safer route. Three Australian players have withdrawn from the IPL, but 14 of them are still participating. Maxwell said that after the IPL is over, the biological bubble can also break and you don’t want to stay here in such a situation. We need to find a safe way.
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