IPL: Australian cricketers scramble to leave India amid Covid-19 crisis

    Australian Cricketers' Association CEO Todd Greenberg (L) and Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley (R) speak to the media during a press conference at Sydney Cricket Ground on May 05, 2021 in Sydney, Australia.

    (CNN)Australian and other overseas cricketers who have been participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) are scrambling for ways to leave India as it faces the world's worst Covid-19 outbreak.

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will help move Australia's entire IPL "cohort" to the Maldives or Sri Lanka ahead of the weekend, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Wednesday.
      India's governing body for cricket has been working to repatriate all the players, support staff, umpires and commentators as quickly and safely as possible, CA's interim chief executive Nick Hockley told reporters during a press conference in Sydney.
        "So what we're working to do and what the BCCI are working to do, and they've been incredibly cooperative, is working to move the entire cohort out of India," Hockley said.
        He added that players would wait outside India for approval to head home, as Australia has banned travelers who have been in the country within the past two weeks.
        In Australia, anyone who has been in India 14 days prior to Monday is now blocked from entering the country, including Australian citizens, under the country's Biosecurity Act.
          Adam Zampa of Australia  celebrates after taking the wicket of Shreyas Iyer of India during game three of the One Day International series between Australia and India at Manuka Oval on December 02, 2020 in Canberra, Australia.