In a virtual meeting, Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has informed his teammates that he will delay his return to Ranchi till all the teammates depart home
“Mahibhai said that he will be the last person to leave the hotel. He wanted foreigners to leave first then the Indian players,” said a member of the team, “He will be taking the last flight tomorrow when everyone reaches their home safe and secure.”
Indian Premier League 2021 was suspended earlier this week amid the rising covid-19 cases in the second wave in India. Many teams including CSK, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab are arranging charter flights for players.
The UK players were the first to reach their country. Mooen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Butler, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jason Roy and Chris Woakes are the eight out of 11 UK players who have reached and begun their quarantine in hotels.
The Australian players are set to leave for Maldives today till their government resumes the flight operations. When given an option between Sri Lanka and Maldives, they chose Maldives for their safe stay.
Meanwhile, many Indian players have taken cabs to reach their respective destinations from Ahmedabad to Mumbai, and from Delhi to Punjab. Many have also boarded their domestic flights to reach their hometown. The BCCI has advised all the players to undergo three days of isolation and another RT-PCR test before going home.
“The IPL is not complete until all our players and officials reach their homes safely,” assured BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal.