Australia pacer Kane Richardson recently asserted that the Australian cricketers are eagerly waiting for some confirmation of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Seventeen Australians hold Indian Premier League contracts, which was scheduled to start on March 29 and now it has been suspended till April 15.
As per the quotes in cricket.co.au., Kane said, “We’re just waiting to hear. A lot of the blokes have opinions – ‘it’s going to get canceled’, this and that – but again it can change in a day or a week, so I’ll just sit by the phone and get ready to play for the 15th at the moment – that’s what I’m thinking. (The Australia squad) were all sitting around chatting about it. It’s happened out of nowhere.”
He further added, “A lot of us were going to be away from now till the end of the IPL, so to now be sitting at home with absolutely no idea when the next game of cricket is going to be for any of us, just shows how quickly this has grown. I think the main issue that a lot of boys had was traveling away from home and if you happen to catch it, you’re stuck in a hotel room for two weeks. That’s the sticking point I reckon a lot of the guys were uncomfortable with.”
Richardson also detailed his coronavirus scare as during the New Zealand series he was suspected to have infected with the virus. As a result, he was quarantined in a hotel room for 26 hours.
Describing the same, Kane explained, “I was at risk because I’d traveled overseas within (the previous) two weeks and I had one of the four symptoms, so that was the reason I got tested. I thought it was all a joke at the time but (the team doctor) was adamant it wasn’t. He spoke to various people on the phone to make sure he was doing the right thing and got the biggest swab I’ve ever seen out and stuck it into the back of my nose and back of my mouth, so it wasn’t a pleasurable experience but that was the protocol so I was happy to go along with it.”
All cricket activities have been suspended in Australia and even in India, most of the states have canceled the sporting events till Match 31.