IPL's foreign stars scramble to escape Covid-hit India

Afp, Sydney

6 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

IPL's foreign stars scramble to escape Covid-hit India

Cricket authorities in Australia, New Zealand and England rushed to evacuate top players from Covid-hit India on Wednesday, after the lucrative Indian Premier League was abandoned following a number of positive tests.

Cricket Australia said plans were under way to fly 38 players and staff -- including superstars Steve Smith, David Warner and Pat Cummins -- to the relative safety of the Maldives or Sri Lanka in the next "two to three days".

Eight of England's 11 players arrived back in London, and New Zealand Cricket said it was arranging for its Test players to fly to Britain ahead of their series there and next month's World Test Championship final against India.

The Indian Premier League, the world's richest Twenty20 cricket tournament, was suspended on Tuesday after several cases popped up in the six-city tournament's bio-secure "bubble".