Michael Hussey, former Australian cricketer and Chennai Super Kings batting coach has tested positive for COVID-19. Thus, he will now undergo the mandatory 10-day quarantine as per the protocols. Along with him, CSK’s bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji had also tested positive and he is also under isolation. Read more – “The Excitement level would go up a little bit”, Taylor is ready for the ICC WTC final against India
The IPL 2021 bio bubble was breached as many players tested positive during the second leg of the tournament. Firstly, the reports of KKR players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier testing positive emerged and then Balaji and a member from the travel staff also caught the infection. Thus, the IPL was suspended for the time being and now all the players have started to return home.
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However, the Australian cricketers have huge headache as their national government has banned all the people returning from India. Thus, numerous Australian players including some commentators have stuck in India. However, the BCCI has made arrangements to send the Australians to Maldives or Sri Lanka and from there they will be returning to Australia once the travel ban is lifted.
Michael Hussey, on the other hand, can’t travel anywhere as he has been infected with the virus. Thus, he will now undergo the 10-days quarantine before returning to his home country Australia. “His (Hussey’s) symptoms are relatively mild, so he’s in for a stint of isolation in his hotel for at least 10 days, but his team have got some really good support systems around him, which is good,” Todd Greenberg, the Australian Cricketers’ Association Chief Executive, was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald.
“We’ve spoken to Mike today. He is in good spirits. His symptoms are relatively mild. He is in a stint of isolation in his hotel room…he has good support systems around him,” Greenberg said.
“This is a two-step process. The first step is getting them out of India and the next step is getting them safely home. We’re still waiting to hear what the government are going to do post-May 15 and once we have that confirmation, we’ll put the next start step in place,” he added.