Mumbai Indians players walk out to the ground during an IPL game.© Instagram
After the indefinite suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, the franchises and the 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 five-time IPL champions said that the Australian players and support staff will fly to Maldives on a special charter plane. 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.
“Indian players have embarked on their journey back to their hometowns. All Covid-19 related travel & safety protocols have been diligently adhered. Mumbai & 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.” read the statement.
Mumbai Indians said they have, through BCCI, informed the concerned cricket boards about the whereabouts of the their respective players and the management will remain in Delhi till all the members reach their respective destinations safely.
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