IPL 2021: Sri Lankans to follow Australian’s way to depart home
Former Sri Lankan cricketers who were involved in IPL 2021 will depart for the Maldives before arriving home due to the quarantine protocols of Sri Lanka.
The second wave of COVID-19 is hitting hard in India as the country is fighting hearts out against the virus. In the meantime, BCCI was putting all their efforts to conduct this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League successfully. However, in the end, all the efforts went in vain due to the outbreak of the virus within the bio-bubbles of the franchise.
As an immediate result, BCCI and the IPL Governing Council jointly took the decision to suspend the league indefinitely, considering the safety of all the stakeholders involved. None of the IPL games was played after May 2nd.
A major challenge after the suspension of the tournament is about sending back the overseas players home. Due to the prevailing situation in India, some major countries like Australia, Malaysia have closed their doors for people coming from India. This has raised concerns about sending back players home.
Australians are the ones who badly affected by this as the Government of Australia said a strict no to anyone who is coming from India. As a result, all the Australians involved in the league have been sent to the Maldives. There they will quarantine for 14 days and then depart for Australia from there.
Now it looks like, Sri Lankans who were part of the IPL 2021 are also taking the same way as Australians to go home. On May 6th, the Sri Lankan government closed doors for any parties coming from India, considering the sudden rise in the covid patients in the country during the past week.
Due to this Sri Lankans including former cricketers Muttian Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene will be travelling to the Maldives. There they are expected to have a 14-day quarantine and at the competition of that they will be able to fly back to Sri Lanka.