IPL 2021: How will overseas players return home? A country-wise look at restrictions in place
The rapid surge in daily coronavirus cases in India sent chills down the spine of several overseas players who had come to India to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. A few decided to return home early having seen the havoc that the virus was causing in the country while there were others who were stayed put after being convinced by the officials of their safety.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had promised to help the players return home after the conclusion of the T20 league but the premature end to the campaign has given BCCI and franchise officials a huge headache.With there still be restrictions for travellers from India in various countries, several overseas players would be required to travel to a different country and quarantine there before being allowed to board a flight home.Australia: Arrival of passenger flights from India has been totally barred by the Australian government till May 15. Their Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has even threatened to put those still attempting to return home from India, with jail terms.England: The UK government has allowed the national residents to return home but they would need to undergo a 10-day strict quarantine upon arrival. The players would need to produce two Covid-19 negative test reports during quarantine before being allowed to roam freely.New Zealand: The New Zealand government also has a similar rule in place like that enforced by England. Only residents are allowed from India, but instead of a 10-day quarantine like England, the Kiwis would need to undergo a 14-day quarantine.South Africa: The South African government has put no restriction in place for travellers from India. The players are free to go without any condition.Bangladesh: No passenger from India will be allowed via air but Bangladesh has left ground-passage open. The ones who arrive from India, however, would need to undergo a 14-day quarantine.There isn't much clarity on the restrictions imposed by Afghanistan, though UAE has barred entry for all arriving from India.Australians, reportedly, have decided to head to the Maldives from India after IPL was suspended and they would now quarantine there before beginning the hunt to find flights to return home. Among players from the overseas lot, Aussie cricketers, coaches and other members find themselves in the most tricky situation.