Chennai Super Kings have flown their coaches Michael Hussey and Laxmipathy Balaji to Chennai from Delhi. The duo tested positive for COVID-19 a few days back.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was one of the four franchises hit by the second wave of COVID-19 earlier this week as a total of 4 cases were reported from their camp. On Monday (May 3), CSK’s bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, their CEO Kasi Viswanathan and one of the members of their camp tested positive for the infection. Kasi Viswanathan tested negative in the second round of testing.
Chennai Super Kings Decided To Bring Michael Hussey And Laxmipathy Balaji To Chennai By An Air Ambulance
A day later, it was confirmed that Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey has also contracted the virus. The sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in different camps led to the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
The BCCI and IPL franchises are doing their bit possible for the safe return of the players back to their countries. Those franchises hit by COVID-19 have an extra responsibility to take care of their members who have contracted the virus. As per PTI, CSK has flown their coaches to Chennai by air ambulance.
Speaking to PTI, an official confirmed the update and said: “We decided to bring Hussey and Balaji to Chennai by an air ambulance as we have better contacts here and wanted to ensure better medical facilities in case of any need.”
As per the protocols laid down by BCCI, the positive COVID-19 members can only leave for their homes after they recover from the infection. It means an extended stay for Michael Hussey in India.
Michael Hussey Is In Chennai While Other Australians Have Flown To The Maldives
The former Australian batsman is now in Chennai while the other members of the Australian contingent have flown to the Maldives. They will land there soon. The update was confirmed by Cricket Australia, who also announced that they haven’t sought an exemption from the Australian government. Australia has banned direct and indirect flights from India till May 15.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Delhi Capitals (DC), and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are other franchises hit by COVID-19. SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for the infection while DC’s Amit Mishra is COVID-19 positive. KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier are also in isolation after testing positive for the infection.
Chennai Super Kings decided not to play Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday after several members tested Covid-19 positive. It is the second match to be rescheduled after Monday’s game between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kolkata Knight Riders was also postponed.