Australian Cricketers’ Association boss Todd Greenberg says the breach of the IPL’s biosecurity bubble made it only a matter of time before an Australian tested positive to COVID-19.
Retired great Mike Hussey, who is a batting coach for the Chennai Super Kings, has reportedly contracted the virus.
The Times of India reports Hussey has become the first Australian in the IPL bubble to test positive.
“There’s a number of mixed messages coming out of India, I haven’t had a chance yet to talk to Mike personally, but they’ll be up in a few hours over in India so we’ll get some clarity on that as soon as we can,” he said.
“It’s probably not an enormous shock (that) one of our guys was ultimately going to find a positive test once the biosecurity bubble was breached, and ultimately that’s why the IPL tournament has now been postponed.
“We’re going to try and put as much care around all of our players and staff that we have over there, and clearly (with) that information overnight from Mike, we’ll need to reach out to him very quickly, as soon as he wakes up.”
The IPL was suspended on Tuesday night after several players tested positive.
The Kolkata Knight Riders were placed in isolation after players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier caught the virus, along with three staff members from the Super Kings.
The decision to suspend the competition was made when Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha — a teammate of David Warner — also contracted the virus.
“Once the bio-security bubble was breached, it obviously had huge concerns for the ongoing viability of the tournament, so the BCCI have probably made the only decision they could make,” Greenberg said.
There are currently more than 30 Australian players, commentators, umpires and coaching staff in India, including leading players Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and David Warner.