Mike Hussey, IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach, has tested Covid-19 positive. Hussey’s sample, however, will be sent for a retest to rule out the possibility of a false-positive result. Hussey, will now have to stay back in India, while the other Aussies have been cleared to fly back.
Hussey is the first overseas player to test positive in the 2021 IPL; his test came out positive on Tuesday, but the franchise performed another test to validate the result.
Hussey: ‘I am OK’
The CSK batting coach has texted the Sydney Morning Herald saying, “I am Ok.”
The ACA chief executive Todd Greenberg was quoted as saying, “His symptoms are relatively mild, so he’s in for a stint of isolation in his hotel for at least 10 days, but his team have got some really good support systems around him, which is good.”
Aussies’ way home
The remaining players, pundits, and support staff will be flown to either the Maldives or Sri Lanka by the IPL. The information is according to Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association.
CA chief executive Nick Hockley has defended the Australian government to allow the players to participate in IPL.
Hockley said, “The IPL put so much effort into putting on the tournament. They obviously did that on the best information at the time.”
He furthered, “The BCCI have been absolutely fantastic. Not only are they committed to the first movement to either the Maldives or Sri Lanka but also committed to putting them on a charger to bring them back to Australia.”