Australia contingent in Maldives set to fly home

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM May 17 2021

Michael Hussey will be home from India on Monday, about the same time as the 38 Australian players, coaches and media land on their return from the Maldives. Following a series of COVID19 positive tests, Hussey was unable to join the Maldives group after the postponement of the IPL, but returned a negative test on Thursday night India time. 

He has now been cleared to return to Australian soil on a commercial flight via Doha. The larger Maldives contingent, including the likes of Pat Cummins, David Warner, Steven Smith and Michael Slater, will travel home to hotel quarantine in Sydney, on a BCCI charter flight that will also stopover in Perth once it reaches Australian airspace. 

The return of the cricketers, coaches and media have been secured over the incoming arrival caps put in place for overseas travelers to Australia, following negotiations between Cricket Australia, the Australian Cricketers Association, and State and Federal Governments. "The public will see our best Australian cricketers as almost superheroes. 

They're brilliant athletes, great cricketers, but they're human beings [too]," Todd Greenberg, the ACA Chief Executive had said on 5 May. "Some of them are fathers and husbands, and they're under enormous amounts of stress. Some deal with it differently. This will probably be an experience they will never forget. We will help them when they come home. Some will cope with it really well; others will need support and counselling and that's what we'll do. (Agencies)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM May 17 2021

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