Covid in India: Mumbai Indians arrange chartered flights for their players: With the postponement of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to massive covid-19 crisis in the country, it is now the duty of the BCCI and the IPL franchises to ensure a safe and secure passage for both the foreign as well as Indian players to return to their home. The five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians (MI) have now come forward to ensure that their players return to their families safely and have also offered help to the other IPL franchises.
It has been learned that only Mumbai Indians will be sending their overseas players by chartered flights. MI’s overseas contingent includes Shane Bond, Adam Milne, Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham from New Zealand, Quinton de Kock and Marco Jansen from South Africa while Kieron Pollard will take the flight to the Caribbean. As per a report on Cricbuzz, Mumbai Indians have also asked the other IPL franchise players to join them.
It is understood that Adam Milne, Boult, Shane Bond and Neesham will be joined by the other Kiwi players from different IPL teams in the chartered flight arranged by MI to New Zealand while the flight to the Caribbean will leave via Johannesburg where it will unload the South African duo of de Kock and Marco Jansen after which it will take Pollard straight to Trinidad. All these flights are expected to leave in the next 24-48 hours.
It has been really difficult for the BCCI as well as the IPL franchises in organising travel for the overseas players in these testing circumstances. However, on its part, the BCCI has been doing the majority coordination work with other cricketing boards to pull out a way to send the foreign players back home. It is understood that together the BCCI and Cricket Australia (CA) have arranged a chartered flight for the Australian contingent of nearly 40 members including players, coaches and commentators for the Maldives. Also, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting along with some other Aussie have already left for the Maldives from the Ahmedabad airport and they will be flying back to Australia after serving a mandatory 10-day quarantine period.
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