8 England players reach UK after IPL’s suspension

Written by Sumit Seth

A day after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended due to the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the bio-bubble, eight out of 11 England players who participated in the league have safely returned home. The remaining three players – Eoin Morgan, Chris Jordan, and Dawid Malan will also board the flight back home in the next 48 hours.

The BCCI immediately got into action to live up to the promise of sending players back home safely as a result of which the eight English players have already landed in the UK.

As players continued to express concerns over the worrisome Covid-19 situation in India, the BCCI wrote a letter to all eight franchises as well as their support staff stressing the fact that the tournament would not be over for the Indian board till the time every member safely reached home.

“We understand that many of you are apprehensive about how you will get back home once the tournament concludes, which is natural and understandable. We want to apprise you that you have nothing to worry about. The BCCI will do everything to ensure that you reach your respective destinations seamlessly. The BCCI is monitoring the situation very closely and is working with the government authorities to make arrangements to get you home once the tournament concludes. Be rest assured that the tournament is not over for BCCI till each one of you has reached your home, safe and sound,” IPL COO Hemang Ami wrote in a letter.

The letter was written after four overseas players in Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye and Liam Livingstone left the tournament midway for home citing bio-bubble fatigue.

IPL was suspended on Tuesday as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)’s Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals (DC)’s Amit Mishra tested positive for Covid-19.

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