The 38 players and officials stuck in the Maldives after leaving India following the suspension of the Indian Premier League will return to New South Wales instead of Darwin as earlier planned.

The plane carrying the cricketers landed at Perth for refueling and is expected to touch down at Sydney at 7am (AEST).

Australian cricketers evacuated from India are scheduled to arrive in Sydney on Monday. (Twitter)

Cricket Australia says it has made no requests for special exemptions to quarantine and Prime Minister Scott Morrison said they will be treated like ordinary Australians.

After landing the group will be will loaded onto buses and taken to different quarantine hotels across Sydney.

Former Test player Michael Hussey will not be among the group arriving in Sydney. He will be flying back on a separate flight after testing positive to COVID-19.

India’s chief T20 franchise competition was suspended earlier this month as the country’s devastating COVID-19 numbers continued to soar, prompting the 38 Australian cricketers and support crew members to relocate to the Maldives and begin quarantining in a resort.

Nine reporter Chris O’Keefe reported on Thursday night that a deal had been struck with the NSW government for Australia’s IPL contingent to fly to Sydney via Kuala Lumpur.

Former Test player Michael Hussey will be on a later flight to Australia after he became infected with coronavirus in India.. (Getty)

A crucial part of the deal is for the 38-person party to be spread over multiple Sydney hotels so they don’t take valuable beds in hotel quarantine.

The groups includes former Australian captain Steve Smith, opening batsman David Warner, fast bowler Pat Cummins and former captain Ricky Ponting, who’s the coach of the Delhi Capitals.



This content first appear on 9news

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.