On Monday, Cricket Australia’s interim CEO Nick Hockley has said that he is grateful to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
His comments as the BCCI made sure that Australian players reach their homes safely from the Maldives amid the crunch time of COVID-19. Notably, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season was suspended on May 4 due to a surge of Covid-19 cases inside the bio-bubble and the entire Australian contingent was staying in the Maldives due to a travel ban in Australia from India.
However, thirty-eight members of Australia reached on Monday. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batting coach Michael Hussey who had earlier tested positive for the deadly virus is also expected to reach Australia on Monday via a separate flight.
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“We’re delighted. We’re really grateful to the BCCI for getting them home quickly and safely. I haven’t spoken to them since they’ve landed, but obviously we’ve been in text exchange and I’m sure they’ll be very relieved and very appreciative to be home,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Nick Hockley as saying.
Nick Hockley hopeful of a great season against West Indies
Meanwhile, Sandpaper Gate has once again come into the limelight after Cameron Bancroft suggested that more than three people (Bancroft, David Warner and Steve Smith) had known about that. But Nick Hockley denied when he was asked whether he has heard anything about this as well. But he was optimistic about Australia’s upcoming limited-overs series against West Indies as well.
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“We plan each tour as we go. We’ve got a bit of time now before West Indies. International cricket will need to support each other, we’ve seen last summer, with India coming here, what a great series that was, and we’re committed to supporting other cricketing nations around the world,” concluded Nick Hockley.
It is also noteworthy that, earlier this year, Australia had called off the series against South Africa owing to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. As a result, Australia failed to earn more points in the World Test Championship (WTC) standings and lost the chance to reach the final of the inaugural season of it.