There are about 40 Australian cricketers, support staff and commentators for IPL 2021 in India, who will have to wait a few days to return to the country.
Australian batsman David Warner was the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad this season (Pic Credit IPL)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has now joined the process of sending foreign players back to their country due to postponement due to Coronavirus infection in the middle of the Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL 2021) season. The Board and the IPL Governing Council have assured all the foreign players that arrangements will be made for their safe return to the country. Despite this, there is no good news for Australian cricketers, members of the coaching staff and commentators who were part of the league. The Australian government has already banned people from India, even if they are Australian citizens, from entering the country until 15 May. Now Cricket Australia has also made it clear in this matter that they will not ask for any exemption from the government of the country.
Ever since the second wave of coronavirus in India has been ravishing the Australian government, only last week, there has been a ban on the arrival of passengers from India till 15 May. In this regard, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison clearly said that even the cricketers who joined the IPL will not get relief from this. The Australian Government has also announced to send him to jail for trying to enter the country. In such a situation, the difficulties of Australian players have increased.
Cricket Australia will not ask for exemption from government
Australian players may have expected some relief from their board and their association, but there has also been no relief. Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association issued a joint statement on Tuesday, saying that they would not seek exemption from the government’s ban. However, he said that he will work with the BCCI to ensure that the players of the country can return safely. According to the information, at present there are around 40 cricketers, support staff and commentators in India.
This joint statement said, “CA and CSA respect the decision of the Government of Australia to stop travel from India until at least 15 May and will not seek any exemption.” The CA is in direct contact with the BCCI and is working on a plan to ensure the return of Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators to Australia. ”
Cricket Australia and the @ACA_Players understand the decision of the BCCI to indefinitely postpone the 2021 Indian Premier League for the safety and wellbeing of all participants. pic.twitter.com/M612hrnZFo
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) May 4, 2021
Confidence of sending foreign players safely
Earlier, after the tournament was postponed, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel assured that the board will find a way to send foreign players back to their country safely. There is no possibility of much problem in the return of players from England, South Africa and New Zealand. On returning to the country, England players will remain quarantined in the hotels decided by the government for 14 days.
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