Cricket Australia (CA) said on Monday that discussions with Australian cricketers on participating in Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE in September are yet to be initiated.
Nick Hockley, who headed Cricket Australia on an interim basis for a year, said on Monday after being appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) that a decision on the IPL will have to wait, as Australian players will have to wait after completing a two-week hotel quarantine. Reuniting with their families again.
After the suspension of IPL midway due to cases of covid-19 in India, the Australian cricketer and other mate associated with the tournament were unable to return home due to travel restrictions. He had to spend the first few days in Maldives. let us tell you a 40-member team from Australia returned home two weeks ago.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Hockley said, “Obviously we need to discuss this (IPL) when we come back as a group.”
He said, ‘Our players who returned from IPL have come out of segregation today, so our first priority is to ensure that they are reunited with their families. We have to prepare for the West Indies tour.
Hockley said the players will regroup at the NCC (Brisbane) a few weeks before the West Indies tour and it would be time to focus again.
He said, ‘They have clearly been deeply moved by this experience and are very happy to be back home, looking forward to reconnecting with family and friends today.’
The IPL will start in the UAE in mid-September. At that time the Australian cricketers would not be playing any international matches. However, concerns have been raised about the impact on the mental health of players due to repeated involvement in the Bio-Bubble.