Mumbai Indians Book Separate Charter Flights For Players

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File photo of Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma at T2 of Mumbai airport.

Mumbai Indians said on Thursday that after the indefinite suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, along with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have worked on their toes to make arrangements to ensure safe and secure passage of players and support staff members to their respective countries.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on Thursday took to Instagram to give an account of all the arrangements they have made to ensure their players and coaching staff reach their homes safely.

The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) had to be postponed after players and staff members of different teams started testing positive for COVID-19 despite being in a bio-bubble environment.

The IPL 2021 had completed its halfway mark when the decision of IPL 2021 being postponed indefinitely took place on Tuesday. The IPL 2021 teams have started bidding farewell to the fans through their social media handles.

The five-time IPL champions said that the Australian players and support staff will fly to Maldives on a special charter plane, NDTV reported.

Mumbai Indian’s Factor Quarantine Period

The franchise also mentioned that the arrangements have been made for the players to complete their 14-day quarantine in Maldives before flying back to Australia. The statement also added that head coach Mahela Jayawardene has also travelled with the Australian contingent to Maldives and will complete his quarantine there before returning to Sri Lanka.

“Australian players and support staff members will fly to Maldives on a special charter. MI has made arrangements for their 14 days quarantine stay in Maldives before flying them back to Australia. Head Coach Mahela Jayawardene will also complete his quarantine in Maldives before returning to Sri Lanka,” Mumbai Indians wrote on Instagram.

The franchise also said that they have arranged separate charter flights for players from different countries, including New Zealand, South Africa and the Caribbean.

“Players and support staff from New Zealand, South Africa and the Caribbean will fly to Auckland, Johannesburg and Trinidad on their respective charter flights arranged by MI,” it stated.

The Indian players have also left for their hometowns, the franchise informed. Local players based in Mumbai and Ahmedabad will reach their home via Ahmedabad on a charter flight.

Mumbai and Ahmedabad based players and support staff members will return home via Ahmedabad on a charter flight. The Cabin crew has completed 7 days quarantine at the team hotel in Delhi.

Players and support staff from New Zealand, South Africa and the Caribbean will fly to Auckland, Johannesburg and Trinidad on their respective charter flights arranged by MI who said it has consulted the concerned cricket boards through BCCI and updated them about the travel arrangements made for their respective players.

MI management will stay back in Delhi till all members of the MI contingent reach their respective destinations safely.

In MI’s video, captain Rohit Sharma said, “In the light of everything that is happening around the country, I think it’s a very good decision.” – @rohitsharma45. Paltan, thank you for your unrelenting support throughout the tournament! Till we meet again, we hope you keep staying safe and strong. #OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #MI #IPL2021 #KhelTakaTak @MXTakaTak MI TV.”

The BCCI and the IPL governing council postponed IPL 2021 indefinitely due to a surge in the coronavirus cases in the country.

The decision to adjourn IPL indefinitely was taken on May 4 when a total of four IPL players were confirmed to have tested positive along with several members of the team staff as well as the ground staff.

Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, Delhi Capitals'(DC) Amit Mishra and SunRisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) Wriddhiman Saha were the players who were test positive for COVID-19.

Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) Mike Hussey and Lakshmipathy Balaji were two support staff members who tested positive.

The BCCI and the IPL governing council postponed IPL 2021 indefinitely due to a surge in the coronavirus cases in the country.

 

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