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Most of England’s IPL stars return home from India after suspension of tournament due to Covid

Eight of England’s 11 IPL players arrived home safely on Wednesday as details emerged of the mismanagement that brought the world’s most lucrative cricket tournament to a standstill.

The ECB said that only Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan of the English players were yet to fly home and would do so ‘within the next 48 hours’. 

They will leave a country in the grip of Covid and amid accusations that the BCCI failed to establish a biosecure bubble strong enough to withstand constant air travel by eight teams and their support staff. 

Jos Buttler was among eight England players to fly back to London on Wednesday morning

Jos Buttler was among eight England players to fly back to London on Wednesday morning

Jos Buttler was among eight England players to fly back to London on Wednesday morning

The event was blighted by the absence of any Covid-monitoring app and faulty trackers that failed to monitor player movements.

Just as damaging was the behaviour of the ‘bubble-integrity managers’. According to ESPNcricinfo, one was seen leaving his room at a team hotel while others breached their bubbles to smoke cigarettes.

Meanwhile, the IPL’s integrity was hit by news that a cleaner at Delhi’s stadium was caught passing information to illegal bookmakers.