Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

BCCI calms nerves after Aus bans India flights

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NEW DELHI/MELBOURNE: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stepped in to assuage apprehensi­ons of foreign cricketers, especially Australian­s, at the IPL as a second wave of Covid-19 infections battered India, prompting the government Down Under to suspend air travel with the country besides asking players to make their “own arrangemen­ts” for return.

The fear of being locked out of their own nation drove the likes of Andrew Tye to take an early flight back to Australia while Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa also exited their franchise Royal Challenger­s Bangalore’s bio-bubble on Monday.

A day later, Australia announced that it was suspending air travel to and from India till May 15 amid the swirling Covid-19 cases. The BCCI wrote to the foreign players telling them that their safe return home will be its responsibi­lity once the tournament ends on May 30.

“We understand that many of you are apprehensi­ve about how you will get back home once the tournament concludes... We want to apprise you that you have nothing to worry about,” BCCI COO Hemang Amin said in a letter addressed to the players.

“The BCCI will do everything to ensure that you reach your respective destinatio­ns seam

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