IPL 2021 suspended: Uncertainty over Australia players, support staff return amid travel ban

Australia gamers, support staff and commentators are dealing with an anxious wait as there’s little or no readability over how they’d be returning residence from India after Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took the choice to droop the T20 league mid-way after optimistic Covid-19 circumstances emerged from the bio-bubbles in Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

The BCCI had insisted final month that it might guarantee protected return of abroad gamers within the IPL after the tip of the match. The governing physique of Indian cricket careworn that IPL was not going to be over for them till the gamers returned to their households safely. However, it stays to be seen how they are going to make preparations for abroad stars, particularly those from Australia, amid the travel ban imposed by the Australian authorities.

Australia has shut its borders, not permitting any industrial flights from India, which has been badly hit by the Covid-19 disaster. The ban will probably be in place until May 15. The Australian authorities additionally threatened a 5-year jail time period of a hefty advantageous for its residents in the event that they entered Australia after having been in India inside their final 14 days of their arrival. The resolution was introduced on Friday after a gathering of the National Cabinet in a bid to maintain the Covid-19 surge in Australia below verify.

While 3 gamers, together with Adam Zampa, returned residence after pulling out from IPL 2021 earlier than the travel ban was introduced, as many as 14 gamers are nonetheless within the bio-bubbles. The likes of Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting, Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Simon Katich and commentators like Brett Lee are additionally in India.

‘BCCI will do all the pieces in its powers’

However, the IPL, on Tuesday, reiterated that it “will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021”.

Notably, Glenn Maxwell had mentioned on April 30 that Australia plates would not thoughts travelling to UK together with India and New Zealand gamers after the completion of IPL 2021 earlier than discovering a approach again residence from there. India and New Zealand gamers are anticipated to travel to the UK for the World Test Championships closing and Test collection within the Old Blighty.

“India and England are going to play in England. Worst comes to worst, we have to wait in England and try and find a way out in that chartered (flight) and get out of India,” Maxwell had mentioned.

It stays to be seen how England and New Zealand cricketers return residence from India amid travel restrictions. The UK added India to its travel crimson record final month however British and Irish nationals can travel from India, offered they isolate in government-mandated resorts.

On Monday, former Australia cricketer and commentator Michael Slater launched into Prime Minister Scott Morrison, slamming his authorities over the travel ban.

“If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home. It’s a disgrace!! Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How about you sort out the quarantine system. I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect,” Slater mentioned in a social media put up.
“And for those who think this is a money exercise. Well, forget it. This is what I do for a living and I have not made a penny having left early. So please stop the abuse and think of the thousands dying in India each day. It’s called empathy. If only our government had some!” he added.

The IPL on Tuesday introduced it was suspending the league indefinitely because it didn’t need to compromise on the protection of the gamers, support staff and the opposite individuals concerned in organising the IPL. As many as 4 gamers and a support staff unfold throughout 4 franchises examined optimistic for Covid-19 within the final 2 days.

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