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Sport Aussie cricket cohort officially leaves India

12:16  06 may  2021
12:16  06 may  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Australian cricketers, coaches, match officials and commentators stranded in India amid the country's COVID-19 crisis have officially been transported to the Maldives.

Cricket Australia confirmed the news in a joint statement with the Australian Cricketers' Association on Thursday evening, with the cohort to remain in the Maldives until the expiration of Australia's travel ban to individuals coming back from India.

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"CA and the ACA extend their sincere thanks to the Board of Control for Cricket in India for their responsiveness in moving the Australians from India to the Maldives less than two days after the decision to indefinitely postpone the Indian Premier League," the joint statement read, in part.

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Former Australian Test star Mike Hussey was not a part of the travelling party from India to the Maldives, having contracted COVID-19.

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According to the statement, Hussey is experiencing "mild symptoms" and is being cared for by his IPL franchise, the Chennai Super Kings.

Hussey's return to Australia will be facilitated by Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association when it is safe to do so.

The travelling party will remain in the Maldives until the Indian travel ban is lifted on May 15. Once they return to Australia, each individual will have to quarantine for 14 days.

"We're not seeking any kind of special exemptions whatsoever," interim CA CEO Nick Hockley said on Wednesday.

"Our main priority is we would work with the Australian Government and the relevant state governments to make sure that we're not taking spaces of anyone else that's available."

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