Most of England’s IPL stars return from India after T20 tournament suspension due to Covid crisis as bio-safe bubbles come under fire
- Eight of England’s eleven IPL players came home safely on Wednesday
- The most lucrative cricket tournament in the world was suspended on Tuesday
- Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan were expected to return in the next 48 hours
Eight of England’s eleven IPL players made it home safely on Wednesday as details emerged of the mismanagement that brought the world’s most lucrative cricket tournament to a halt.
The ECB said only Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan of the English players had yet to fly home and do so ‘within 48 hours’.
They will leave a country in the grip of Covid amid allegations that the BCCI has failed to create a bio-safe bubble strong enough to withstand constant air travel by eight teams and their support staff.
Jos Buttler was one of eight English players who flew back to London on Wednesday morning
The event was devastated by the absence of a Covid monitoring app and faulty trackers unable to track the player’s movements.
Equally damaging was the behavior of the bubble integrity managers. According to ESPNcricinfo, one was seen leaving his room at a team hotel, while others were breaking their bubbles to smoke cigarettes.
Meanwhile, the integrity of the IPL was hit by the news that a cleaner at the Delhi stadium had been caught passing information to illegal bookmakers.