Sport Australian cricketers from Indian Premier League land in Sydney after Maldives stopover

02:55  17 may  2021
02:55  17 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

Maldives: The former President injured in a bomb attack

 Maldives: The former President injured in a bomb attack © provided by the point the former president of the Maldives and current head of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed, was injured, Thursday, May 6, by The explosion of a bomb in the capital Male, indicated the Agence France Press of official source. The 53-year-old dignitary was about to ride in his car when a bomb hidden on a motorcycle exploded, according to the same source. "Nasseed has escaped an attempt at assassination," said France Agency by phone a government official.

A plane carrying 38 Australian cricketers and staff has landed in Sydney after they escaped Covid-ravaged India for the Maldives . More to come.

Cricket : The Australian IPL contingent which is currently in the Maldives could return home within the next few days . Australian cricketers who were competing in India have touched down in Sydney this morning to complete their two weeks of quarantine. Players and coaches taking part in the Indian Premier League ( IPL ) fled to the Maldives when the lucrative T20 tournament was suspended because of the country’s worsening COVID-19 crisis, and they were trapped in limbo until May 15.

a fighter jet sitting on top of a runway: A plane carrying a majority of the Australian Indian Premier League players touched down in Sydney Airport. (ABC News) © Provided by ABC News A plane carrying a majority of the Australian Indian Premier League players touched down in Sydney Airport. (ABC News)

Australian cricketers have landed in Sydney after being stuck in the Maldives due to a federal government travel ban on arrivals from India.

The majority of the 38-strong group of Indian Premier League (IPL) players, officials and commentators arrived at Sydney Airport this morning from the Maldives, where they have been staying since May 6.

Former Australian captain Steve Smith, batsman David Warner, bowler Pat Cummins and coach of the Delhi Capitals Ricky Ponting were among the people on the Air Seychelles flight.

Maldives: Former President Mohamed Nasheed targeted by an attack

 Maldives: Former President Mohamed Nasheed targeted by an attack © AFP - - The Maldivian police at the attack places which targeted the former President of the Republic Mohamed Nasheed. May 6, 2021. The former President of the Maldives and Current Chief of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed was injured Thursday night by the explosion of a bomb in the capital Male. Seriously injured, he was operated on this Friday and his condition is stable according to a government official.

Australian cricketers stuck in the Maldives after leaving India following the suspension of the Indian Premier League will return to New South Wales instead of Darwin as earlier anticipated. Cricket Australia says it has made no requests for special exemptions to quarantine and all players and staff will go into hotel quarantine. They are expected to depart the Maldives in the coming days and will need to fit under the NSW arrivals cap, determining the day they can arrive. READ MORE: Ben Cousins all smiles in first football appearance since AFL retirement. Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians

The Australian cricket contingent that was part of the Indian Premier League ( IPL ) will return home within a day or two and quarantine in Sydney with the Indian cricket board (BCCI) likely to foot the bill for travel and quarantine. The Australian prime minister Scott Morrison had announced last week that the flights to repatriate Australian citizens stranded in India will start from May 15, Saturday. As many as 38 Australians , including cricketers and support staff, had to quarantine in Maldives after departing India following the postponement of the Indian Premier League ( IPL ).

The tournament was indefinitely suspended earlier this month due to COVID-19.

The Australian cohort was unable to return home due to the Commonwealth barring any person who had been to India in the past 14 days from entering the country.

Chennai Super Kings batting coach and former Australian Test player Michael Hussey remained in India after testing positive for the virus.

As of Friday morning, he was awaiting the negative test result which would allow him to link up with compatriots in the Maldives.

However, the 45-year-old faces the prospect of being stranded in the Maldives, which is preparing to seal its borders from tourists in India and other South Asian neighbours in response to the surge of coronavirus cases.

Ex-Maldives president critical after bomb attack

  Ex-Maldives president critical after bomb attack Mohamed Nasheed and four others, including a British national, were injured in the attack.A British national was among four others injured in the blast, which is being treated as a terrorist incident. No-one has claimed the attack.

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 "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.

The Indian Premier League ( IPL ) 2021 season was postponed on May 4 due to a rising number of Covid-19 cases and the entire Australian contingent had travelled to the Maldives due to a travel ban from India . Earlier, Cricket Australia 's interim CEO Nick Hockley had praised the BCCI and the Indian board's effort to get the Australian players back to their homes. "I would say the BCCI have been absolutely fantastic. So they're committed to not only the first movement to either the Maldives or Sri Lanka but they're also then committed to putting on a charter to bring them back to Australia ," he

Three players — Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, and Andrew Tye — are already quarantining in Australia, having left the tournament before the Australian government's travel ban.

Their return home attracted some criticism in light of thousands of Australians in India being unable to procure a seat home amid the deadly outbreak, but Cricket Australia's interim chief executive Nick Holey has emphasised it has not asked for special treatment.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the players and officials were not given any special dispensation.

"They are happy for them to come in over the cap. That is something we insisted upon and they were to agree with that," Mr Morrison said.

"They will come back under their own steam, upon their own ticket, and they won't be taking the spot in quarantine of any other Australian who is returning home under the NSW caps."

After landing, the group were loaded onto buses to be taken to their 14-day hotel quarantine in Sydney.

Australian cricketers and staff touch down in Sydney from the Maldives after leaving the IPL .
Australian cricketers and staff touch down in Sydney from the Maldives after leaving the IPLAfter relocating to the Maldives after the postponement of the IPL, the group were forced to wait until after May 15 to return to Australia.

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