For domestic cricketers in the IPL who are currently based out of Delhi and Ahmedabad, it’s a lesser hassle as the BCCI and franchises are busy chalking out the logistics of travel within the country.
The board and franchises, however, are working on the bigger challenge of sending the overseas players back home. TOI understands that cricket boards in countries that haven’t imposed a travel ban for those travelling from India have already started corresponding with the BCCI and the franchises to accommodate travel and quarantine.
Cricket South Africa (CSA), for instance, issued a statement saying it has “made contact with the relevant franchises to ensure expedited travel”.
In the case of cricketers from Australia, where travel from India has been banned till May 15, the players are expected to fly to destinations that are allowing flights from India – such as Maldives and Sri Lanka – and quarantine for 14 days before heading home from there.
“A lot of players from the same country play for different franchises. So the franchises can possibly work together in figuring out a solution. That’s happening as we speak,” sources said.
It is learnt that franchises have also discussed the idea of sharing costs that will be incurred to charter flights to send players home.