While IPL clubs scramble to fly their Indian players into the UAE on charter planes, Sportskeeda has learned that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has scheduled a commercial flight for players and support staff who are not on IPL duty and returning home.
The disputed “cancellation/forfeiture” of the fifth Test has been debated by English experts and their Indian counterparts, while IPL franchises have already begun airlifting their Indian players out of the ruckus in Manchester.
Top sources in the Indian squad, on the other hand, confirmed to Sportskeeda that the BCCI has scheduled a routine flight from Manchester to Mumbai for those who aren’t affiliated with the cash-rich league on Saturday (September 11).
There are questions about why IPL players are need to quarantine for six days once they arrive in the UAE. Meanwhile, the BCCI has booked the rest of the passengers on a flight with other passengers. And this comes after the entire Indian contingent was told to stay in their Manchester hotel rooms and eat just in-room meals.
Today morning, the Mumbai Indians (MI) organised a charter flight to Abu Dhabi for skipper Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Suryakumar Yadav, as well as their families. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are scheduled to do so later today, while Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj will fly to Dubai on Sunday morning with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Everything went downhill after India’s head coach tested positive for COVID-19
Since Ravi Shastri and three other members of the support crew returned RT-PCR positive on Monday, the fifth Test between England and India has been shrouded in mystery (September 6). They’ve all been immunized twice.
On the last day (September 5) of the fourth Test, the head coach’s lateral flow test came back positive, just days after he attended a public event to launch his book at their team hotel.
On Day 5 at The Oval, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R. Sridhar were revealed to have contracted COVID-19. Although physiotherapist Nitin Patel’s results were negative, he was also placed in seclusion. The four of them were not even allowed to accompany the rest of the team to Manchester.
The final straw came on the eve of the Old Trafford Test, when assistant physio Yogesh Parmar was diagnosed with the fatal illness. The Test was still expected to go through as scheduled until the morning of September 10th, when things took a final turn.
Before the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) issued an official statement declaring the tour’s completion, there was talk of the game being postponed by two days. “India are unable to form a team and will sadly forfeit the match,” they said at first, but the final six words were omitted in the current version of the statement.
The series is currently 2-1 in India’s favor, and the two boards have agreed to host the fifth rubber when India visits the UK for a limited-overs series next year. So, how about the IPL?