Even more Australian cricket stars trapped in Covid-ravaged India have been forced into isolation after a third IPL player tested positive to the virus.
Ricky Ponting, Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis are now in isolation in Delhi with their teammates, a day after Pat Cummins was put in quarantine after an outbreak in his team.
The Indian Premier League was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday after a third team was affected by a Covid-19 outbreak.
The IPL released a statement where it said it would work with player's home nations to get them home safely, but Australia has a total ban on flights from the nation.
Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha returned a positive test on Tuesday, prompting all fixtures to be suspended with immediate effect.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
They are the third team to be affected in the space of a few days after the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Chennai Super Kings.
Pat Cummins is already in isolation after teammates tested positive to Covid-19 (pictured with IPL teammates)
Wriddhiman Saha of Sunrisers Hyderabad is the latest IPL player to test positive for Covid-19
Pat Cummins (pictured with his partner Becky Boston) is in isolation after two of his teammates in India tested positive to Covid-19
With the Covid bio-bubble now breached in both Ahmedabad and Delhi, two of the venues currently hosting the Twenty20 tournament, the organisers took the decision to suspend matches.
It comes as India struggles to cope with the Covid-19 crisis as cases soared past 20 million and deaths approached 220,000 with the health system on the verge of collapse.
The English Cricket Board said it would wait and hear the IPL organisers' plans to repatriate the players before taking further action.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
It is not yet know if Australia plans to take similar action for its own players, with the borders shut with no exceptions to India.
There had been reports that organisers planned to relocate the entire tournament to Mumbai and complete it there, with the final pushed back into June. Mumbai currently has a lower Covid case count than other major Indian cities.
It follows the postponement of Monday's game between the Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad after two Knight Riders players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive.
They are believed to have been exposed to the virus, which is rampant across India, after leaving the bio-secure bubble to go to hospital for injury scans through the IPL's 'green channel'.
Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Varun Chakravarthy is one of two of their players to have tested positive for Covid-19 - forcing the postponement of Monday's match
Chakravarthy celebrates taking a wicket during a recent IPL game for the Kolkata side
The positive tests for Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier forced the postponement of KKR's match with Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday
The crisis then deepened when a second team, the Super Kings, was hit by three positive tests. Chennai's chief executive Kasi Viswanathan, bowling coach L Bulaji and a bus cleaner inside their bubble had all tested positive.
The Super Kings' fixture against Rajasthan