Eight of England’s 11 Indian Premier League players returned to Heathrow on Wednesday morning and are beginning a 10-day hotel quarantine, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.
World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan have yet to leave India following the tournament’s postponement on Tuesday but are expected back by the end of the week.
As soon as the competition was suspended, with the coronavirus surging through the population and three separate franchises reporting positive cases inside their bubbles, there was a scramble to access flights back to London.
Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali and both Sam and Tom Curran were all successful in securing bookings.
Australia’s cricketers will escape the worsening Covid-19 situation in India by flying to Sri Lanka or the Maldives before taking a chartered flight home once the government’s controversial travel ban is lifted.
Cricket Australia and the players’ union said on Wednesday they were working on arrangements to repatriate the group of 38 players, coaches and staff who remain in India as quickly and as safely as possible.
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