IPL 2021: CSK coaches Hussey and Balaji moved to Chennai via air ambulance
The 14th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely by the Board of Control for Cricket in India due to a sudden spike in coronavirus cases inside the IPL bubble. It all started when Kolkata Knight Riders players – Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy contracted the virus.
Then again 3 members of CSK support staff namely franchise Chief Executive Officer Kasi Viswanathan, bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and a bus cleaner tested positive for the pandemic. Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha tested positive as well.
With the coronavirus breaching the IPL bubble, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and IPL Governing Council (IPL GC) held a meeting where they unanimously took a decision to suspend the tournament for the time being.
On a day when the BCCI suspended the IPL 2021, CSK batting coach Michael Hussey tested positive for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, CSK CEO was found to be negative in the second round of testing. Hussey and Balaji have been flown down to Chennai as a safety measure.
“See, we have better contacts in Chennai, so it was decided to fly both Hussey and Balaji into Chennai in an air ambulance to ensure that if the need arises, we have the facilities ready.
Fortunately, they have no symptoms and both are doing fine. But yes, Hussey has to wait to get a negative report before he can leave India. We will arrange a charter when he is safe to fly,” a CSK official told news agency ANI.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) jointly added that the former Australian southpaw is experiencing mild symptoms.
“Mike Hussey remains in India having tested positive to COVID-19. Mike is experiencing mild symptoms and is in the care of his IPL franchise, the Chennai Super Kings,” read an official release.