Australian cricketer Michael Hussey has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 in India.
Indian media are reporting his test result came back on Tuesday.
Hussey, who’s working as batting coach for the IPL’s Chennai Super Kings, is now undergoing a second test.
Hussey (middle with Shane Warne and Mark Howard), who’s working as batting coach for the IPL’s Chennai Super Kings, is now undergoing a second test
‘Hussey tested positive. But his samples are being redone,’ a team source told The Times of India.
‘Hopefully, the report will come negative.’
Hussey’s first test result comes after Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji and another team staff member tested positive.
Batsman Steve Smith and other Australian cricketers including Hussey are isolating in India after the IPL was suspended amid a widening coronavirus outbreak in the country.
A host of Australian cricketers, coaches and commentators stranded in coronavirus-ravaged India will now weigh up their options following the suspension of the Indian Premier League – with some eyeing up a paradise island loophole.
Hussey’s first test result comes after Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji and another team staff member tested positive
The lucrative IPL tournament featuring some of the world’s biggest stars was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday after multiple players tested positive to coronavirus in recent days.
A 34-strong Australian cricket contingent remains in India including 14 players, 11 coaches, four commentators, two umpires and five support staff, as well as a commentator from New Zealand who lives in Australia.
David Warner, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis and coach Ricky Ponting are among 9,000 Australians unable to return home until at least May 15 due to a travel ban enforced by the federal government – and this could even be extended.
Former Australian opener Michael Slater, who was working as a commentator, managed to escape to the Maldives and now must just wait the designated two weeks to return to Australia.
Pat Cummins (pictured with partner Becky) is in lockdown in India after several IPL teammates tested positive to coronavirus – but admitted players ‘knew what they signed up for’
Australian cricketers looking to flee escape India following the suspension of IPL could flee to the Maldives (pictured) like Michael Slater
A mass exodus of Australians currently unable to return home may now follow Slater to the tropical island paradise, which is a three-and-half hour flight away as the coronavirus crisis in India worsens.
There were about 450 new cases in the Maldives this each day this week, which is dwarfed by the 400,000 infections seen daily in India.
Upon arriving in the Maldives, travellers need only present a negative Covid-19 test from the last 96 hours.
Then they must wait the government-mandated two weeks before flying back to Australia, where they then enter another fortnight of mandatory hotel quarantine.
Cases have soared past 20 million in India since the pandemic began and deaths have surpassed 220,000, with the nation’s health system on the brink of collapse.
Cummins is currently in isolation with the rest of the Kolkata Knight Riders team after two of their teammates tested positive to Covid-19.
Commentator and cricket great Michael Slater (pictured) is currently in the Maldives after fleeing India in recent days
HOW THE MALDIVES LOOPHOLE WORKS
Any visitor can travel to the Maldives, as long as they have proof of a negative Covid test in the 96 hours prior.
From April 27, those coming from India cannot stay at tourist facilities in heavily populated areas – but can stay in private residences.
They are also allowed to stay in resorts and hotels in secluded areas of the islands.
Before returning to Australia, travellers must show they have not been in India in the past 14 days.
Then on arrival, they must still enter hotel quarantine for a fortnight in Australia, as with any overseas arrivals.
Source: Visit Maldives
The Knight Riders played the Dehli Capitals on April 29 forcing former Australian captain Smith, as well as all-rounder Stoinis and Capitals coaches Ponting and James Hopes, into isolation.
Warner and his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates have also been plunged into a four-day lockdown after one of their players, Wriddhiman Saha, returned a positive COVID-19 test on Tuesday.
Speaking for the first time from his quarantine hotel room, Cummins said he had been surprised by Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s comments that those who returned from India faced jail time, but admitted players ‘knew what they were signing up for’.