IPL 2021: CSK transports Balaji and Hussey to Chennai

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) leadership flew bowling coach L. Balaji and batting consultant Michael Hussey – who tested positive for COVID-19 – from Delhi to Chennai in air ambulances.

With the league postponed, most franchises have sent their players back to their respective homes, but Hussey and Balaji will need to self-isolate for at least a few weeks.

With its headquarters in Chennai, the CSK team leadership believes it will be able to provide better healthcare facilities in Chennai.

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“We bring them to Chennai because we have access to all the facilities there. They are fine now, but in case the need arises, we can get better facilities in Chennai so that we bring them here, ”said CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan Sports star.

The two reached Chennai late Thursday afternoon in two separate air ambulances. It was learned that while Balaji had a positive report, Hussey’s second RT-PCR test was negative.

While most players had already left the bubble earlier, captain MS Dhoni left on Thursday. “He (Dhoni) said he would leave after everyone left the bubble. All the players came out of the bubble today,” Viswanathan said.

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While Hussey will need to be isolated, he is expected to leave India via the Maldives once he recovers.

The Australian government has banned direct flights from India until May 15, forcing Australian players to return home via the Maldives. “We will discuss it later depending on the situation. For now, our priority is his health and safety,” said the CSK official. The West Indies players are expected to take off on Friday morning.

The tournament was postponed after several players and support staff – including Balaji and Hussey – tested positive for the virus.

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