England players arrive back in UK to quarantine after IPL postponed

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Will Macpherson
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Moeen Ali, Sam Billings and Jos Buttler are among eight England players to have returned home (Getty Images)
Moeen Ali, Sam Billings and Jos Buttler are among eight England players to have returned home (Getty Images)

The first raft of English players arrived back in the country from Mumbai this morning after the postponement of the Indian Premier League yesterday.

The players will now face a mandatory 10-day quarantine in a government-approved hotel at Heathrow Airport due to India’s presence on the “red list”.

The group is made up of eight of the 11 England players who were at the tournament, with the remaining three, white-ball captain Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan, set to travel in the next 48 hours, perhaps boarding a flight tomorrow morning.

As well as the 11 players, there are a handful of Englishmen involved in the tournament as coaches (such as Kolkata’s James Foster), staff (KKR analyst Nathan Leamon and Rajasthan CEO Mike Fordham) and commentators (Nick Knight).

It is unclear how their journeys home are going, but the IPL statement confirming the postponement yesterday ensured that they would take care of participants’ “safe passage” home.

The 38-strong Australian contingent at the tournament have been assured by the BCCI that they will arrange a charter flight to the Maldives or Sri Lanka, where they will spend the necessary amount of time to qualify for a flight home. There are no flights from India to Australia until May 15 at the earliest.

Michael Hussey, the former Australia batsman who is now a coach at Chennai Super Kings, will have to wait to travel, having become the latest member of the IPL bubbles positive for Covid-19.

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