Sport news England duo Sam Billings and Chris Woakes lead cricket's exodus from India after suspension of the IPL, with duo ALREADY heading home from a country ravaged by Covid-19 Premierleague-News.com

Premierleague-News.com - EXCLUSIVE: Delhi pair Sam Billings and Chris Woakes are both understood to be in transit home and will quarantine for 10 days upon arrival at a government-appointed hotel.

Sport news England duo Sam Billings and Chris Woakes lead cricket's exodus from India after suspension of the IPL, with duo ALREADY heading home from a country ravaged by Covid-19 Premierleague-News.com

Premierleague-News.com - EXCLUSIVE: Delhi pair Sam Billings and Chris Woakes are both understood to be in transit home and will quarantine for 10 days upon arrival at a government-appointed hotel.

Sport news  England duo Sam Billings and Chris Woakes lead cricket's exodus from India after suspension of the IPL, with duo ALREADY heading home from a country ravaged by Covid-19 Premierleague-News.com
04 May 2021 - 13:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Some of England's players at the Indian Premier League are returning home today after securing flights back to the UK.Delhi pair Sam Billings and Chris Woakes are both understood to be in transit home and will quarantine for 10 days upon arrival at a government-appointed hotel because India is on the UK Government's 'red list'.At least one other of the 11 England cricketers remaining at the tournament, which was postponed on Tuesday morning due to a rising number of positive Covid-19 cases within the eight franchises, is also said to be finalising travel arrangements for today. English bowler Chris Woakes is heading home after the suspension of the IPL on Tuesday Sam Billings is also in transit back to England and will quarantine for 10 days upon his returnOthers have been left awaiting news of their own departures, dependent on arrangements made by their team owners.When contacted by Sportsmail, the ECB acknowledged that some would be returning home immediately following initial reports that all those within tournament bubbles would have to remain in India for a further four days and return multiple negative Covid tests.In a separate statement, an ECB spokesperson said: 'Following this morning's postponement of the Indian Premier League, we are in close contact with our players and staff in India as arrangements are put in place for them to return home safely.'The ECB understands the BCCI's decision to postpone the competition for the safety and wellbeing of those involved, and thanks the BCCI for its commitment to do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all those taking part in the competition.'Our thoughts remain with the people of India during these challenging times.' Chris Jordan, who plays for Punjab Kings, said he was still awaiting confirmation of his plans following the decision by IPL bosses to pull the plug on this year's lucrative competition.  Eoin Morgan (right) and Jos Buttler (left) are among 11 English players out at the IPLThere are 11 England players at the IPL - Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Sam and Tom Curran, Moeen Ali, Woakes, Jonny Bairstow, Billings, Jordan, Jason Roy and Dawid Malan. In contrast to the England players, Australia's contingent of more than 30 are heading for the Maldives where they are set to remain for 14 days following their own government's refusal to allow their own citizens to enter the country's borders within a fortnight of being in India.It is understood they will then have to quarantine for a further 14 days upon arrival once given the green light to return home.The IPL was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday after a third team was affected by a Covid-19 outbreak. Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha returned a positive test on Tuesday, prompting all fixtures to be suspended with immediate effect.They are the third team to be affected in the space of a few days after the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Chennai Super Kings.With the Covid bio-bubble now breached in both Ahmedabad and Delhi, two of the venues hosting the Twenty20 tournament, the organisers took the decision to suspend matches. It comes as India struggles to cope with the Covid-19 crisis as cases soared past 20 million and deaths approached 220,000 with the health system on the verge of collapse.  Wriddhiman Saha of Sunrisers Hyderabad is the latest IPL player to test positive for Covid-19 The 36-year-old wicketkeeper batsman returned a positive ahead of their game on Tuesday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next England stars given choice to carry on playing in the IPL or... IPL match postponed after two Kolkata Knight Riders players... Jos Buttler smashes his maiden IPL ton as England star... Australian stars threatened with JAIL if they attempt to... Share this article Share 467 shares There had been reports that organisers planned to relocate the entire tournament to Mumbai and complete it there, with the final pushed back into June. Mumbai currently has a lower Covid case count than other major Indian cities. But the tone of the statement issued by the IPL organisers after the postponement suggested overseas players would be flown home. It also thanked those who had helped to get the competition up and running.  Saha, 36, returned a positive test on Tuesday ahead of the Sunrisers' match against the Mumbai Indians at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.It follows the postponement of Monday's game between the Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad after two Knight Riders players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive.They are believed to have been exposed to the virus, which is rampant across India, after leaving the bio-secure bubble to go to hospital for injury scans through the IPL's 'green channel'. The crisis then deepened when a second team, the Super Kings, was hit by three positive tests. Chennai's chief executive Kasi Viswanathan, bowling coach L Bulaji and a bus cleaner inside their bubble had all tested positive.The Super Kings' fixture against Rajasthan Royals scheduled for Wednesday had been postponed as a result.

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. But the breach of these bio-secure protocols at three franchises and in two of the host cities prompted organisers to suspend the tournament. IPL organisers are now working out how to safely return overseas players back to their own countries. A statement released by the IPL read:  'The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect.  India is now reporting a seven-day average of more than 350,000 Covid cases (left), while the average number of deaths over the last week has risen to nearly 3,500 - which most believe is an under-estimate (right) Bodies of Covid victims are burned at a cremation ground in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru'The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.'These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times. 'The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.'The BCCI would like to thank all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchises, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times.' A medical worker in PPE observes patients who have been infected by Covid-19 inside a makeshift care facility in a sports stadium at the Commonwealth Games Village in New Delhi Patients suffering from Covid-19 are treated with free oxygen at a makeshift clinic outside a Sikh Gurudwara in IndirapuramThe tournament being put on hold really comes as no surprise with India firmly in the grip of a Covid crisis.The country surpassed the 20 million infection mark, adding 355,000 new cases on Tuesday, though this was a reduction from the 400,000 daily cases registered on April 30.However, it is almost certain the true number of those infected and also deaths is considerably higher. There have officially been 222,000 deaths from the virus. The country's health service is under severe strain with shortages of oxygen still reported in many major cities. There had been fury in India at the decision to continue with the IPL season despite the mounting crisis in the country, where oxygen supplies in hospitals have run out and health infrastructure is on the brink of collapse. Hospitals, morgues and crematoriums have been overwhelmed as the country has reported more than 300,000 daily cases for more than 10 days straight. Pictured: Bodies of victims who died of Covid-19 are carried on stretchers before being cremated in New Delhi on May 2 A volunteer uses a pulse oximeter to check the oxygen saturation of a man's blood before providing him oxygen support at a Sikh Gurudwara in Ghaziabad, India IPL cricket is being played at a stadium directly opposite Delhi's main Covid hospital, the LNJP, which is struggling to cope Covid patients sharing a bed at the hospital opposite the cricket ground are given oxygen as they fight for their livesIn one hospital in the capital Delhi, 12 patients, including a doctor, died after oxygen supplies ran out on Saturday. Outside, some families are queuing for up to 12 hours to receive medical attention.Some IPL matches are taking place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in central Delhi, which is directly opposite the city's largest Covid hospital - LNJP. The Australian contingent at the tournament are heading to the Maldives after their Government passed draconian laws preventing anyone returning to the country from India.Stars such as David Warner, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell - all on £1.25million-plus IPL deals - are among more than 30 Australians playing in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament who can't return home of their own accord under Government legislation. David Warner is among more than 30 Australians playing in this year's lucrative IPL  A number of top players, including Adam Zampa (left) and Kane Richardson (right) have quit the Indian Premier LeagueThe Australian Government passed an emergency bill on Saturday that shuts its borders to its own citizens if they have been in India in the preceding 14 days.Those attempting to return to Australia face £37,000 fines and/or a five-year prison sentence.Aussie trio Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye and Kane Richardson fled India last week to get home before the travel ban came into effect.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next England stars given choice to carry on playing in the IPL or... IPL match postponed after two Kolkata Knight Riders players... Jos Buttler smashes his maiden IPL ton as England star... Australian stars threatened with JAIL if they attempt to... 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